By Greta Wickham
It was the intention of the Galston District Garden Club to resume its monthly meetings in February 2021. Unfortunately, we are postponing meeting until, you guessed it, Covid restrictions are eased and it is safer to meet in large numbers. In the meantime we are continuing our garden rambles under safe Covid restrictions. Our last ramble was in a large acreage garden in Dural. Most of our members enjoyed a Christmas ramble over two time sessions. It will be wonderful to meet in 2021 without restrictions. Guests and new members are welcome to join us. For further information, visit our website www,galstongardenclub.com.au or email: [email protected]
The Open Garden Weekend is a major charity event organised by the Club each October. It is the intention of the Club to resume this event in 2021. We would be interested in hearing from you if you are willing to open your garden or if you know of a garden, to which we could approach the owner to participate in this wonderful weekend.
Our garden was just one of the gardens open in 2019. This was a first time for me and my husband and we hope you were one of the many garden ramblers to enjoy our slice of paradise.
When we opened our garden, the bridge across the dam was roped off as it was in no condition to allow access. Covid has been good to us in one respect, that we have had more time at home to do many projects, the renovation of the bridge the major one. From the before and after photos you can see the transformation. Keeping the existing concrete pillars under the bridge we have now a steel main frame and a new timber deck and handrail.
My husband is very proud of his handy work. He has always said he could do anything with metal but wood was another thing.
Our next project is cleaning up the dam water. From the picture, you can see the algae. Searching the web, we have found a product that will hopefully bring us a natural method to keep our dam healthy and to control existing algae that causes toxic blooms, floating scum, bad odours and fish kills. Everyone needs healthy water. We have only just started using this product and will report on its outcome in around three months’ time.
Our Club wishes you happy gardening and if you could like to contact the club and visit one of our garden rambles we look forward to hearing from you.