Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Garden News August 2018.


Our first event was to give a presentation to Caloundra Garden Club, a very active club with over 100 members present. They enjoyed the ‘Clever Gardening’ presentation.


Our second event was a short trip to Thornlands to give the ‘Victoria Point Garden Club’ the ‘Clever Gardening’ presentation, a much smaller club with about 40 members present.
Then it was onto work in the garden.
A very dry month without any rain, so it was hand watering the whole garden.
I must admit it is a job I hate but one that has to be done if we want to keep our plants alive.
I broke my Fiskars Pole Pruner but with the 25 year warranty I was able to get another one sent to me by Fiskars, what a great company and great products.


Andrew came and delivered 25 bales of Sugar Cane mulch, we go through about 150 of these every year. I find it great mulch and never find weeds in it.


A really big job was to empty and clean out two ponds, this was really hard on my back and I still have not recovered.



Trouble was I filled the pond up with rainwater and killed most of my fish, I should of realized that was wrong and I should use tap water with a chlorine neutralizer, so I had to do it all over again.
The second smaller pond was the same only on the first refill  the water went off and I found chicken bones in the bottom, so I had to empty and refill, then the water went off again, this time I found lumps of cake in the bottom, so again empty and refill. I then put wire across to stop the birds dumping food into it.
Another BIG job was to re-pot all my Amorphophallus, this time in a better draining mix as I lost a few to the dreaded rot.


I built a new trellis in the garden.


Some really nice orchids out this month.




Other than that we are busy in the house painting and putting new carpet down.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Fiskars Pole Pruner

A big thank you to Fiskars for incredible service and great product.
Replacement Pole Pruner arrived today honoring their 25 year warranty.
I honestly could not look after my fruit trees without this great tool. 



Thursday, August 02, 2018

July Garden news 2018


July has again been a very busy month.
It was school holidays so while our youngest son Warrick and his wife went to Byron Bay for five days we looked after our granddaughters.
Lovely girls, coming from Agnes Water where there are no shops they had a ball at Kmart, Target and BigW and of course going to the movies.
I think they thought Granddad and Grandma had a bottomless pit of money; anyway we sort of spoiled them as you do.
My first presentation was to’ Palm Lakes Retirement Village’, I went by myself as Judy had Grandchildren duties.
We then had a bus load of visitor’s from ’Karana Downs Garden Club’, they enjoyed the garden.



It’s amazing even though we are in the middle of winter the garden still delights.



Then of course our yearly pilgrimage to the ‘Queensland Garden Expo’ at Nambour, what a great show this is and it’s getting busier every year.





















We picked up some nice plants and were happy with our purchases.
I finally found time to attend the monthly meeting of the ‘International Cordyline Society’ which was held at ‘Palms for Brisbane’ nursery.




Then on the last day of the month we went to give a presentation to the ‘Maleney Garden Club’, this was so well received with lots of members saying it was the best presentation they have ever had.




I tallied up the amount of talks and bus trips I have done in the past few years and it totaled over 200.
As well as all that I finished of cutting back the last of the fruit trees as well as all the other little jobs that need doing around the house and garden.





I sorted through my Amorphophallus collection and was disappointed to see I lost a few tubers to rot, I repotted the ones that needed to stay in soil and stored the rest dry.
What a big job that has been.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Fiskars Garden Tools

I am a big fan of Fiskars garden tools.

After buying on a budget cheap Chinese junk garden tools I realized that if I wanted a quality tool that would virtually last me a lifetime I would have to pay more to get the quality and lifespan  I desired.

All Fiskars are made in Europe and are a Finnish firm.

Another great thing about these tools are that they are ergonomic.

So over the past few years I have been steadily building up my collection of these great tools (see picture).



Some I have been given by Fiskars but the majority I have bought myself.

I have never had any sort of problem until now.

The cord on my Telescopic Tree Pruner snapped and as much as I tried to replace the cord the more frustrated I became, I just could not get it right and yes I did download the instructions.




So at $200 plus it is an expensive tool to purchase and I am coming up to the time where all my Custard Apple trees will be needing their annual prune.

I noticed while shopping in our local Bunnings that Fiskars tools have a 25 year guarantee.

I will let Fiskars know and hopefully may have a positive outcome.