Week 1 March 2005: Rain = 2mm
We spent a day in Tamworth this week. We were saying goodbye to Peter from the ABC. He and his wife Jody are off to the ABC Gold Coast in Queensland. Peter was the local ABC Webmaster and together we developed the Aussie Natives section of the local website:
(http://www.abc.net.au/newengland/features/aussienatives.htm).
Hopefully his successor will continue this segment.
We also visited Peter and Jody’s garden. They have developed a predominantly native garden in their backyard. We were amazed at the progress the garden has made in a few months. We trust the new owners will value the garden.
Whilst in Tamworth we purchased some Blood and Bone and Sulphate of Potash. We scatter the B & B on new garden beds to deter the rabbits. We are experimenting with Potash to encourage flowering in some of our plants. Grevillea Pink Surprise seemed to respond positively to Potash. Results from the treatment of other plants will be posted in the Garden Diary.
We have grown bush beans and tomatoes in 20 cm pots this spring and summer. The beans very successful but the tomatoes left a bit to be desired. We also planted some Roma tomatoes amongst our natives, in a new garden bed and were pleasantly surprised by the result. The plants grew vigorously and produced large numbers of tasty tomatoes. Next spring we will continue growing beans in pots and plant more tomato varieties amongst our natives. When the tomato bushes die a native plant will replace them.
This week we have had a couple of horticultural surprises. We often lose track of plants and this week we discovered a South Australian Protea, in bud, that we had forgotten about. We also found a Grevillea confertifolia that we thought had expired. This species develops into a ground cover with red flowers and this specimen was large enough to produce a few cuttings.
Over the years we have planted some South African Proteas amongst our native plants. They blend with Australian plants and we feel that they have potential, on the Northern Tablelands, as a cut flower. They could be grown as an alternative crop for struggling farmers and graziers. We are not interested in entering the cut flower business but perhaps our successful cultivation may inspire people on the land to try them in order to earn a few extra dollars.
Planting continues on planting a large extension to our Lawn Garden. This extension will accommodate over two hundred plants.

Garden Diary