NAMBOUR Garden Expo had everything at your fingertips from plants, sculptures, tools, water features, floral art, and lots more with the experts happy to share their knowledge with keen gardeners.
It was a real treat having Garden2Kitchen come back for their second year running as they are very popular with the audience with them focusing on "Grow your food, Know your food, Love your food".
Phil Dudman showed everyone his homegrown broccoli that simply keeps growing and growing every time he cut a large flower head to feed his family for the past thee months.
Broccoli is much better being crunchy than a soggy, overcooked vegetable otherwise it will lose its beneficial vitamins and minerals.
According to Julie Ray there are many different ways of cooking broccoli not just steaming and stir frying, there's also deep frying.
Everyone was very happy to sample Julie's cooking of battered deep fried broccoli with yoghurt which could be used as a dip for any special occasions.
Another interesting guest speaker was Marc Russell from Sunshine Coast Council who spoke about ways of attracting native birds to your garden.
Fruit trees in gardens are a wonderful way of attracting a variety of birds and in doing so think about planting gossia, arcmirmodomyrtus, tabernaemontana, guioa and trema.
Gardeners need to avoid having excess of copious nectar producing plants (such as grevilleas and silky oaks) as they attract noisy miners (micky birds) and other birds are chased away.
A wonderful collection of native birds will visit your garden if you have a bird bath as the majority of birds need to take in water with their food.
Also there were exciting news for those who like Brugmansia (commonly known as angel trumpets) releasing a new variety for 2012 called "Shiver me Timbers".
It is a very hungry plant so please feed it every week during the growing season as it will grow to 2-3 metres but can be cut back in winter to keep in shape.
Brugmanisas prefer morning sun in warmer climates, mulching is essential to keep it moist as they produce large flowers with heavenly perfume especially in the afternoon.
Members will be given an opportunity to visit Sandowne Pineapple Company on Saturday, July 21, for their next Gympie Municipal Horticultural meeting.
There's a Polleys' trip organised to take those interested to Goomboorian for a cost of $5 a member. This needs to be paid to Val Vidler by phoning 5482 7146. Don't forget to bring your cup/mug, chair and a plate to share.
How to grow broccoli
Growing broccoli in pots requires a potting mix that is suitable for hungry feeders:
- 1 bucket of good quality potting mix.
- 1/2 bucket of Searles Real Compost Mix.
- 1/2 bucket of peat.
- 400g tin of pelletised chook manure (Kickalong Organic Searles).
- 1/3 tin or 400g of Searles blood and bone.
Season with sulphate of potash.
Finally mix all the ingredients together.
If you want more information buy a copy of ABC Organic Gardener magazine for great tips on growing and harvesting broccoli.