Annette helps keep pests at bay
ABC RADIO identity Annette McFarlane was welcomed by members of Gympie Municipal Horticultural Society as she walked along the driveway into Bernie and Dianne Long's colourful Rocklea Dr garden at Southside on Saturday.
Sitting beneath the tarps, members were happy to catch up with their gardener friends and find out what had been happening to them since the last meeting.
The wet and miserable weather did not distract anyone from listening to gardening guru Annette spread the word about the importance of organic gardening and only applying chemical products as a last resort.
Members were provided with useful information on how to solve some of their problems with fruit trees being attacked by possums, crows, turkeys and king parrots.
It was suggested the gardeners should try using overhead netting as this enables bees to continue to play an important role in producing fruit, thus providing 10 per cent shade for the fruit trees especially during the warmer months from October to March.
If there are fallen fruit on the ground, Annette advises everyone to pick up the infected fruit and place this into a metal bucket of boiling water. Once the water has cooled down the drained fruit can be composted, buried or used as food for poultry. After that, mulch needs to be applied under and around the trees to try and stop the fruit flies from breeding and coming up through the soil to the fruit.
Annette also suggested using corflute signs (similar to advertising signs) by bending into a triangle shape by wiring or sticking together. Inside the triangle the bait needed to be protected from rain, sunlight and must be kept moist so the fruit fly could feed on this and eventually die.
Don't forget to bring your plants by 5pm for 6pm judging by Bob Moore this Friday. These plants will be on display at the Gympie Garden Expo this weekend along with the society's decorated footwear competitions. This expo has lots of exciting things happening with about 80 exhibitors showcasing local plants, garden ornaments and lots more.