Week 1 December 2015: Rain = 12 millimetres
We have a number of Melaleuca alternifolia plants growing along the margin of our big dam. This week they are covered in white fluffy flowers.
We planted capsicum seedlings in one of our garden beds. This is a bit of a gamble as our resident macropods are eating many of our vegetables. Feed is rather scarce and our vegetables appear to be a good option. The beds have wire netting around each one but the kangaroos or wallabies just push the netting down. We are thinking about an electric fence around the whole vegetable area. We found a company that sells electrified netting fencing with solar energiser. The netting comes in a 50 metre length. This may be the answer to our problem.
The wattle seeds are ripening and this week we picked to pods of Acacia amoena, A. cardiophylla, A. cultriformis and A. iteaphylla.
Pruning continued this week with our cordless hedge trimmer. This is certainly a labour and time saving tool.
This week we put a mixture of worm juice and soluble fertiliser on our surviving vegetables.
We have two Scarlet Runner bean plants in tubes. These are semi-permanent beans that die down in winter and return in spring. They are said to do this for about eight years before they run out of steam. This week we planted both beans in our plastic house. We cut the bottom out of a large plastic pot and placed it on the ground in the plastic house. The pot we filled with soil and the beans planted. Hopefully the roots will grow down into ground. A piece of wire netting was placed against the frame of the plastic house to support the beans. We are going to do the same with both ordinary and banana passionfruit plants.
Whilst speaking of passionfruit. The plant on our front verandah is flowering well and producing fruit.
Potting on continued with seedling Hakea bakeriana and H. constablei going into tubes. Also we potted on struck cuttings of Boronia heterophylla, Asperula species, Grevillea jephcottii, and G. granulifera as well as Veronica arenaria (was Derwentia arenaria) into tubes.
Wildlife observations: Plenty of sightings of a solitary Red-necked Wallaby this week. We noticed a Silvereye picking at one of the spikes on our Xanthorrhea. The flowers, on the spike, have finished and fruits are developing. Maybe the bird was collecting nesting material.