August 2023 marks the 40th Anniversary of the beginning of the Galston District Garden Club. The Club started with a small group of local keen gardeners in a small hall at the back of where the Galston Community Hall stands today. From these humble beginnings, the Club has grown to be a very successful garden club and is still welcoming visitors and new members. Our meetings are held in the Galston Community Hall, 37 Arcadia Road, Galston on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm.
Embrace the Chill: Take advantage of these chilly months to enrich your soil and prepare your garden for the spring growth. There is a common misconception that gardening is primarily a spring and summer activity, but did you know that our winters can be an equally productive period for your beloved green space? You might be surprised at just how much can be done in the cooler months.
If your garden’s soil has become hydrophobic (repels water) after an extended dry spell, you may notice water pooling on the surface even after heavy rain. Why not use a quality soil wetting agent or seaweed-based additives to help with absorption. Also, clear away heavy layers of autumn leaves, which may prevent the rain from soaking into the soil. These leaves can serve a second purpose by becoming part of a nutrient-rich compost pile. Rainy weather may be a boom for your plants, but it can also lead to a proliferation of weeds. Aim to remove these interlopers before they have a chance to mature and set seed.
Winter provides an excellent opportunity to address lingering tasks that might have fallen by the wayside. Relocating under performing plants, fixing irrigation issues, or renovating a garden path are just a few chores you might consider undertaking. Completing these tasks will free up more time for you to focus on the more enjoyable aspects of gardening.
Winter is the optimal time to prune many deciduous trees and shrubs as it allows for an easier assessment of a tree’s structure. This practice can encourage new growth, maintain plant health and shape your plants for the upcoming growing season. In addition, hydrangea and rose pruning can also be undertaken during this season.
After pruning, it is beneficial to apply a seaweed=based product to improve the soil’s condition and enhance the plant’s resistance against frost, drought, pests, and disease. Always remember to clean your pruning tools before and after use to prevent a spread of diseases.
Nutrition is vital to ensure the health and vigour of your plants. Late July is an excellent time to feed your citrus trees with an all-purpose citrus fertiliser. Moreover, enriching your garden beds with organic compost or well-rotted manure during winter can significantly improve soil structure and provide essential nutrients for spring growth.
Our climate allows for a beautiful array of plants that bloom during the winter months. These include spring bulbs, flowering natives and lowering hedges, which can bring colour and life to your garden even in the cold.