Week 2 August 2006: No rain this week.
A pair of Grey Thrushes arrived this week. They usually return about this time and nest somewhere close to the house.
More Bordeaux mix sprayed on our fruit trees to combat curly leaf. Last year all our peaches and nectarines were infected with fruit fly. Hopefully this season we will be free of these pests. Last year we used a fruit fly attractant to kill the males. We think that the males and females got together before the males visited the attractant. No attractant will be used this year and we will see what happens.
We received a call from the University of New England this week. A researcher is investigating the chemical compounds in Eremophilas (Emu Bushes). He may come out to see what species we are growing and to get some ideas about Emu Bush propagation.
We started to make up soil mix for growing vegetables. Last spring we grew dwarf beans in 20 centimetre pots successfully. This year we will do the same. The mix consists of semi-composted chipped green waste, old stable manure and potting mix.
Speaking of chipped green waste, this week one of our nearby relatives had a large Eucalypt removed from her front garden. The whole tree was chipped and we were fortunate enough to acquire this valuable mulch. We will leave the pile to mature for a few months before using it on the garden.
This week we potted on some seedlings. At the moment we have seeds of about 60 native species germinating. They will all find a home in our steadily increasing garden.
This is one of the rare occasions when we have potted on all the cuttings that have struck on our propagating bench. As the days lengthen and the weather warms many of the cuttings on the bench will strike and once again we will be hard pressed to keep up with potting on struck cuttings.
This week we saw a White-faced Heron fishing in one of our frog ponds. The Heron was catching something. We are not sure what but may have been water snails or caddis fly larvae.
We have a rocky area in one corner of our mown area. This has become rather weedy and this week started to clean up the area. Some floating rocks and the weeds were removed. This has left a rocky outcrop that cannot be mowed. The plan is to mow around the rocky outcrop and plant Correas and Eremophilas were we cannot mow.
New on the site this week: Kinchega National Park, White Ibis and White-faced Heron.