July Meeting 2017

Guest Speaker – Mike Donsen

Mike Donsen from Grow Better Garden Products gave a talk on his company and its products.

The company was established as a family business in 1991, originally making a pelletized organic fertilizer from its pig farm waste at Ballarat.  Subsequently the range was expanded to include other organic fertilizers, composts, soil improvers, mulches, specialized potting media and water-saving products, many of which are certified as conforming to the relevant Australian standards. Grow Better is now a market leader, selling through independent garden centres rather than chain stores or supermarkets. Local suppliers include the Plants Plus and Growmaster retail nurseries at Wandin and Healesville.

Mike provided each member with samples of Grow Better Organic Fertilizer, with the excess samples being bundled into threes and included in the raffle.

Member’s Draw

Winner was Anne Herrod, who unfortunately was not present, so the prize at the August meeting jackpots to $150.

June Meeting 2017

Guest Speaker – Russell Brown

Club Member Russell Brown gave a detailed insight into Deer population in South Eastern Australia. Mainly Samba and Fallow Deer living in fringe country, they can live up to 12-14 years. The Samba like heavy cover such as the wooded areas around Woods Point while the Fallow can be found on open ranges, such as at Valda’s front gate! A big thank you Russell.

Spring Bus Trip

A bus trip to Peppermint Ridge Farm in Tynong and then to Cranbourne Botanic Gardens for lunch and the afternoon is scheduled for Wednesday September 20th. Deposits are now being accepted.

MEMBERS DRAW

Anne Brennan’s name was drawn but unfortunately Anne was not at the meeting, the Jackpot at the July Meeting will be $100.