Week 1 January 2011:

A Happy and Horticultural New Year to all Gardeners

Rain = 17.5 millimetres

Starting to pick beans and sugar peas every second day. We have found that dwarf beans are a worthwhile crop to grow. They bear prolifically for long periods. Our tomatoes are slow to ripen because of the low temperatures due to the rain and overcast conditions.

Friends from Canberra visited during the week. They are interested in plant propagation and are using Progel for their cuttings rather than the red Clonex that we use. We swapped gels to see which is the most effective. We are trying Progel on a number of different native species. We will publish the results in the fullness of time.

Weeding continued this week and this activity was undertaken together with planting and mulching. About 40 plants went into the ground this week.

We had a call from a local grazier this week. He is direct seeding Acacias on his property and wanted one species identified. It was Acacia boormanii the Snowy River Wattle. He soaks his seed briefly in boiling water, allows them to dry then sows the seed in furrows. This is a very successful method of direct seeding. We are going to save Acacia implexa seeds for him to sow later in the year.

One afternoon this week we had an interesting visitor. A goanna was investigating our front verandah. Unfortunately the reptile disappeared into a nearby shrubbery before we could take any photographs. It was a Gould’s Monitor and was about one metre long. This was the first Goanna observed at Yallaroo in 16 years.

This year there has been a proliferation of Hyacinth Orchids (Dipodium punctatum) growing in the grasslands at Yallaroo. One day we found eight stems coming up from, what appeared to be, the same fleshy root.


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