Running dry in Erindale

b2 18 May 2007 17

As it finally rained today I received an email saying The Garden in Erindale is closing down, due, of course, to the drought. And I was wondering what the RiotACTers are doing with their gardens (or dirt patch where the lawn used to be)?

And while we’re on the topic, can I start up a fiery debate as to where Canberra’s best nursery is. Do you prefer the ‘rural’ atmosphere of Piallago (with the often sighted airport behind), those small suburban nurseries, or the quality of big w and bunnings?

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17 Responses to Running dry in Erindale
Sammy Sammy 10:15 pm 21 May 07

do you think that the unrealistically low prices and abnormal choice of products continued?

In which case the market will *eventually* do what it does best, and that is to reach a new equilibrium.

I didn’t say it’d happen overnight.

joeyjo joeyjo 7:35 pm 20 May 07

emd: Yes, this is true. I know of a small business that closed down after being targeted by a large chain. The chain store specifically stocked lines they didn’t normally carry in order to directly compete with the smaller shop and used their other stores to subsidise their prices until the smaller shop went out of business. Once the competition was gone, do you think that the unrealistically low prices and abnormal choice of products continued? ha!

Pandy Pandy 7:19 pm 20 May 07

I went to Erindale today: most stock gone.

Nemo Nemo 6:04 pm 20 May 07

and if anyone just happens to be in Adelaide… Beach Road hardware at Christies Beach: great range, friendly people and free home delivery….

el el 3:44 pm 20 May 07

Good to hear Nemo.

Nemo Nemo 11:58 am 20 May 07

I think people are starting to turn away from Bunnings. Their service is appalling – how much advice can you obtain from a 15 yo working after school.

My family own a small Mitre 10 store in Adelaide, their customer base is rapidly growing despite having a Bunnings megastore 100m up the road.

emd emd 11:02 am 20 May 07

I love the look of the zen garden, but guaranteed my kids would destroy it. Actually, I wonder if they could be taught to do the raking?

The finite resources of the market are directed toward those businesses that are most efficiently able to use said resources.
Until one business becomes so dominant of the market that they can effectively do as they please. Microsoft, the Woolies/Coles duopoly, AWB… and Bunnings.

ant ant 10:37 am 20 May 07

If you try to grow a plantless Zen garden, it’s guaranteed that weeds will invade it!

Ruth Ruth 7:57 am 20 May 07

I think we should all do zen gardens – nice and calming, and no watering required. Just heaps of raking if you’re next to a frequently walked zone!

VicePope VicePope 9:09 pm 19 May 07

It was a good shop, though I used it not as much as those who care about gardening. I fear it will not be the last business to go under with water restrictions.

Sammy Sammy 5:28 pm 19 May 07

Makes a mockery of the whole competition process

Actually, this is how a market operates.

The finite resources of the market are directed toward those businesses that are most efficiently able to use said resources.

miz miz 4:49 pm 19 May 07

Bugger. I made a principled point of going to Erindale (which is always so relaxing and ambient, with more interesting plants) and avoiding Bunnings. I think Bunnings are contributing to lots of small businesses going under, such as lighting shops, auto places, nurseries, paint shops. They’ve already killed off most hardware competition. Makes a mockery of the whole competition process. In the end the big fish swallow up the little fish. I hope they don’t buy Coles.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 3:47 pm 19 May 07

I planted about 20 natives shrubs in late Winter-early Spring last year, watered them once a week by watering can, and except for two which died, they have all done really well.

Will chuck a few more in the ground over Winter and see how they go.

I think using the drought as an excuse for shutting up shop is a bit dodgy. Must have been a pretty borderline business to be closing that easily. Most other garden centres have done alright through the drought as more people are buying natives or other drought tolerant plants.

I buy most of my plants at Bunnings or from the plant man who sells at the ANU Union Court on Thursdays.

emd emd 2:03 pm 19 May 07

I don’t buy garden stuff often (especially as it seems crazy to plant stuff in a drought), but I like Pialligo. Pick the right time to go, and you can also get cheap horse manure to fertilise your new plantings, and some organic apples to replenish your energy after.

tybreaker tybreaker 8:53 am 19 May 07

Same as el, we never planted a lawn per say, we just let the natural grasses grow and regular mowing seemed to discourage weeds. So we’ve never watered it – it dies off in droughts but greens up quickly when rain arrives. We also planted our free allocation of plants from the nursery and chose natives for the same reason. We very rarely have resorted to watering them when their leaves began to curl and even then just enough to keep them going until the rains came.

The funny thing is houses around us paid for expensive canturf or that spray-on stuff and all look worse than ours at the moment – both in greeness and patchiness. Native grass rocks!

Yep, I think we collectively need to get rid of our European gardens and get used to plants and ground covers that are native.

futto futto 1:10 am 19 May 07

it was a good shop too. i bought all my kitchen herbs there.

el el 11:11 pm 18 May 07

Absolutely nothing. Much the same as before the drought. I haven’t watered once and don’t plan on starting any time soon. The garden still looks much the same as when we moved in (except there’s actually _more_ lawn now).

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