Fathers Day Competition Winners

By The Diggers Club

Happy Father’s Day!

Thanks to all our members who shared their Father’s Day stories with us in response to August's e-news competition. We were overwhelmed by the amount of entries, and moved by the passion and emotion in each entry.

The three winning entries are listed below.

Happy Father’s Day to all our amazing Dad’s!

We believe that we are all fortunate to have gardening in our blood.

MEMBER: Robyn Sinclair

“I was 8 when Pop came to live with us. Shortly our back yard became a vegetable paradise. I can still see his face and hear his voice (patient and caring) as he taught me how deep to plant the bean seeds and only pick the lettuce seedlings up by one leaf when you transplant them. He passed away when I was 11 and, fifty years on, he’s still always with me in my garden!”

MEMBER: Jo Thierfelder

My Dad is with me every time I step into my garden. I feel him like the soil between my fingers. I hear him telling me to “fertilise more often” or “prune harder”. He’s in the vase of fragrant sweet peas I plant every year on his birthday. Along with his green thumb, he passed on to me his joy and wonder for nature. I’ll always miss him, but he’s still with me, in my garden.

MEMBER: Bianca Ciconte

 My Nonno, Rosario Marotta, grew up and worked on farms to support his five children for decades! Growing everything from watermelons to tomatoes, he has put his heart and soul into every seed that he sowed. He has taught me the importance of self-sufficiency and is never short of helpful tips! Now at 89 years of age, he still cultivates an incredible backyard farm in suburban Dandenong that provides fruit and veg to grandkids and great grandkids - inspiring us all.

You’ll receive your prize pack including a copy of The Australian Fruit & Vegetable Garden and a Ho-Mi (Total prize valued at $69.90) shortly. 

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