Our Scrapbook

'A place for sharing ideas and tips from our experienced and enthusiastic gardeners.'


Our local CFA's from Red Hill, Dromana and Main Ridge delivered some key messages at an informative community exercise where the Society was represented:

  • Major fires have occured in our area: early 1970s Arthur's Seat, Main Ridge and Red Hill; 1997 Arthur's Seat base; 2008 Dromana.
  • Survival is our personal responsibility. Radiant heat is the biggest killer. Don't get caught in the open.
  • Understand fire behaviour, control the amount of fuel on your property, know the risk rating.
  • A combination of factors increases risk, high temperature, humidity less than 15%, wind and dry fuel (bark, grass, small branches).
  • A northerly wind will carry a fire uphill quickly and could for example reach the top of Arthur's Seat from Dromana in 5mins and Sea Winds gardens in 7 mins (20 mins at the most).
  • Most fires start in the afternoon when the air is driest and the biggest risk is presented by a late gusty wind change which quickly will change the path of the fire.
  • Identify ember traps around the house and yard and clean them regularly. Embers can travel ahead of the fire by kilometers.
  • Remove vegetation, hanging baskets, woodpiles and mulch close to houses and windows.
  • Road accident risk is high with tourist traffic and the inability to see through smoke, so leave early.
  • Fire trucks are 3 m wide, 3 m high and 7.1 m long and need this space to access properties, leave gates unlocked.
  • Road closures will occur. Carry ID with address or rates notice in order to be allowed to return to home. Don't argue with the police.
  • Listen to ABC 774 Radio and monitor the Vic Emergency App for updates.
  • Places of last resort: Red Hill Recreation Reserve, Dromana Recreation Reserve, McCrae Plaza Car Park, Mt Martha Shopping Centre carpark, Balnarring Shopping Centre carpark.
  • If arson is suspected call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

daffodil notes

Information from Maree Schurmann as presented at the May '17 RHGS meeting:

Hot Composting:

hot composting made easy

Download your own copy here.

Companion Planting:

companion planting

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Natural Herbacides and Pesticides:

natural herbacides and pesticides

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A great little winter recipe provided by one of our members:

Green Tomato and Tuna Pie

Unbaked shortcrust pastry case
500gms green tomatoes sliced
1 onion thinly sliced
1 medium carrot thinly sliced
I clove garlic crushed
1 tablespoon oil
1 or 2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp oregano
salt and pepper
Juice of 1/2 lemon
440g can tuna drained
3 tablespoons tomato sauce
1 cup grated cheese

•   Layer 1/2 of the tomatoes in the pastry case
•   Heat the oil and fry the onion, carrot, and garlic for 5 mins until soft
•   Add tomato sauce, oregano, salt and pepper and heat 2 mins
•   Mix the drained tuna, lemon juice and half the cheese, fold till mixed
•   Gently spoon into pastry case
•   Layer remaining tomatoes and sprinkle with the sugar
•   Top with the remaining cheese
•   Bake at 190 degrees for 54 mins
•   Serves 6

Variation without pastry - follow the recipe above and use a medium casserole dish and bake for approx. 30 mins.

'The Language of Flowers' - by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

This book is highly recommended reading by our member, Gill Beever, who nominates it as her all time favourite.

You can find out more about the book and the author here:
www.randomhouse.com/rhpg/features/vanessa_diffenbaugh which is an American publisher's website.

If you'd like a more Australian perspective try this:

bouquet garni 1

bouquet garni 2

Further information about roses...

They amazingly grow from bare sticks to perfumed blooms that can be single or double flowers, they can be prostrate or climbing plants, they grow in a pot or in the ground, they can be a single specimen plant for a patio or a total hedgerow along a laneway, and they even ramble over old cemetery plots.

They are often remembered for a person, or an event, and their early history goes back to days when they were considered a trophy for the privileged as they conspired and competed to acquire the first of a new variety. So they are a remarkable plant, for many reasons.

Locally they can be seen growing at the Mornington Botanical Rose Garden as modern roses and also as heritage roses in a few newly formed beds, or at the State Rose Garden Werribee.

Membership is an option for those interested in roses at the Mornington Rose Garden, or the Mornington Peninsula Heritage Rose group by contacting their web sites.

Bare rooted roses can be purchased online through several sites, some I have use successfully are Treloar or Mistydowns.

I hope this is of interest to our group. If there are any further enquiries re a specific rose I would be more than happy to help.

Margaret Gordon.