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GARDEN VISIT - CHRISTMAS IN JULY - Roger and Brenda's - 25-7-2020

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GARDEN VISIT - CHRISTMAS IN JULY - Roger and Brenda's - 25-7-2020

Time: July 25, 2020 from 10am to 12pm
Location: Address will be sent closer event
City/Town: Park Ridge South
Phone: 0407691485
Event Type: free garden visit
Organized By: Dianne
Latest Activity: on Sunday

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SUNDAY  25th July 10.00am TO 12.00pm

This will be a CHRISTMAS IN JULY Party - GV

The address will be sent closer the date. The address is always sent to your email you signed up with, if it is different you will need to change it in your profile

Here at Park Ridge South it has been mostly bereft of green for a while now. This is obviously similar to your own gardening conditions, but while most of our members are gardening on an average sized house block we are a lot more spread out. While we have nearly 6 acres, we only garden within proximity of our house, but it still difficult to keep everything alive in dry times. Summer always brings a big change to what we try to grow. Plants must be able to survive in full sun, and a good watering twice a week if time permits. So we are currently only growing eggplant, sweetcorn, tomatoes, ginger, turmeric, galangal, italian fryer  capsicums, yakon, and rosella as well as other things which are ready to be picked like spring onions, leeks, beetroot, etc.

We also have number of fruit trees, but not all of them are producing much fruit at the moment. On the up side we have two avocado still hanging on our dwarf tree, and the carob tree has a few very dry looking pods hanging on.

We grow mostly in containers - old baths, laundry tubs, chaff sacks, PVC tubes, wheelie bins, a mixture of wicking beds and non wicking. My soil is very sandy, shallow and gutless. I use lots of horse manure  to get decent results.

We have a good sized undercover area and loads of chairs. It is likely to be hot here, so wear a hat. You are able to use the pool if you wish but ONLY supervised children will be allowed in the pool area.

If you want to take part in our tomato tasting event, you will need to bring along some tomatoes for us to compare. At the moment it looks like we will have a couple of home grown varieties and we will get a couple of supermarket types.

Roger has now had some rain, not a lot but some to keep things going.

Children welcome but must be supervised by parents at all times.

Please bring a small plate of Festive Food or Drink to share, and any plants, produce or seed that you would like to share, swap or sell. Also if you would like to bring along a small gift to swap please do so. If you are bringing children you may like to bring one for them as well

It is always a good idea to bring along a chair as we do sometimes have more visitors than chairs available at GV gardens.

RSVP required so that the address can be sent to you closer to the date. The email address you nominated when you joined will be used. Please update this if it has changed.

Late attendees welcome. Message Dianne or phone 0407691485 on the day for the address.


It's easy. Check HERE read the blurb and message Dianne

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Comment by Dianne Caswell on December 13, 2019 at 19:44

That sounds like a very good idea GayleD. Merry Christmas

Comment by GayleD on December 13, 2019 at 18:56

As summer weather can be so problematic, maybe we should do Christmas in July instead. Thanks for the offer Sid.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on December 13, 2019 at 15:34

Sid has offered to host a GV on Sunday, if any of our members are interested in attending please contact Sid by emailing her using the site Messaging Service. You will need to make a friend of Sid first and then she is able to give you her address.

Thank -You very much Sid for the offer, hope you get a good roll up, Merry Christmas .  

Comment by Valerie on December 13, 2019 at 12:43

Oh no!!! Don't cancel our Christmas party! Sid that's a brilliant idea. I'd love to see your garden. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on December 13, 2019 at 10:45

Hi Roger, Graham enjoyed his call with you last night and he explained why you could not contact either of us yesterday, sorry about that. I feel you pain for your garden as ours is a mess too, we have no grass anywhere, just dirt. Though it was nice to get a bit of the rain a couple of days ago, lets hope for it to bucket down soon.

I fully understand why you wanted to cancel, thanks for thinking about us all. I remember the last time we came to your place on a hot day.

Merry Christmas and hope to catch up with everyone in the New Year.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on December 13, 2019 at 10:38

Hi Sid,Thank you for the offer Sid, I will speak to Andy about it. Though some of us have actually made other arrangements. If you are interested in having a GV in the New Year please contact me (Dianne) as I do the arranging of them and the notifications.

Though you or any member are always welcome to put in any Events that you hear are coming up in the Events section.

I am looking for members New or Old with Gardens Tiny, Small, Gigantic to put your hands up for next year's GV's. Pl;ease contact me through Email here or ph # 0407691485. Thank You to all who participated in this years GV's & Events. 

Thank Valerie for putting in the BCC Events as it is difficult for me to do too much computer work with my eyes failing. You are a Godsend.

Comment by Sid Saghe on December 13, 2019 at 8:14

Sorry to hear that Roger, but your reasoning makes a lot of sense!

If anyone wants, as my garden is very very small I'd be happy to switch the location to my place - we have air conditioning so we could have a small morning tea as an end of year in cooler conditions, and anyone who wants to poke around the garden can do so.

If this is an idea that appeals, please let me know by commenting below and I'll message everyone the address.

Comment by Roger Clark on December 12, 2019 at 15:21

Hello everyone,

I'm sorry to tell you that we are cancelling our garden visit due for this Sunday, due to the heatwave conditions we are experiencing lately. Sunday is due to be between 35 and 37 degrees, and I don't know that anyone will be happy in those very unpleasant conditions. We also have very little in the way of thriving plants, even my tomatoes are shrivelling up. I have tried to get in touch with Graham and Dianne, but neither are answering their phone or responding to my messages, so I am taking the initiative to cancel. I do hope that Dianne is OK.

I do believe that someone could get heatstroke wandering around my garden for any length of time just now. We hope to reschedule for a more suitable time next year. We hope the everyone has an enjoyable festive season, and we look forward to catching up again next year. 

PS we got 3 mm of rain yesterday, whoopee!

Comment by Dianne Caswell on December 2, 2019 at 12:33

Hi Again, I have deleted the ones that had been put in the wrong place....Cheers..... Dianne

Comment by Dianne Caswell on December 2, 2019 at 12:31

Hi Roger,

I have put the blub in the right place for you...Cheers...Dianne

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