Week 2 February 2015: No rain this week.

Happy Valentines Day

This week we made up soil mix for potting on. We use BigW generic soil mix. It meets the Australian standard for regular potting mix. To this we add blood and bone, dynamic lifter, compost as well as iron sulphate. Four buckets of potting mix plus extras gives two large basins of tube mix.

This allowed potting on to continue with Brachyscome multifida, Melaleuca violacea, a Veronica species, Grevillea oldei, Prostanthera sejuncta and P. incana going into tubes.

With the warmer weather we are watering the tubes and our vegetable beds nearly every day. Mostly we are using our grey water supply.

This week we planted 26 plants in the extension of our northern garden.

Last week we assembled the 8th of our raised timber vegetable beds. This week we filled the bed with soil.

Last week we placed some dwarf bean seeds on moist paper in an empty margarine container and placed on the sill of the shed window. The seeds germinated rapidly and were potted on into thumb pots. This was so successful that we are trying some Hakea constablei seeds in moist paper.

One morning Joy, Dave and Joan, from Queenslandł visited Yallaroo. They are from Queensland and Joy and Dave run a community nursery. We spent a very pleasant couple of hours walking around the garden and talking about all aspects of growing native plants.

This week we completed Blooming in February for the local Australian Plant Society web site http://www.aps-armidale.org.au/ we update what is flowering in our garden every month for the site.

This week we received an email from Todd who is the Senior Threatened Species Officer of the local Office of Environment & Heritage. He wanted to known if we were interested in attempting to propagate Pimelea venosa a rare species from the Bolivia Range north of Armidale. We are going to try both seeds and cuttings.

On the last day of we week we did our three-weekly talkback radio programme on the local ABC network. We had a number of interesting calls. The ABC kindly puts our photos, relevant to the programme on their local Facebook page. Also there is information on pruning. They may be found on their NSW Northwest and New England Facebook pages.

Wildlife observations:  They are a bit light on this week. There are two eggs in the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters nest outside our back door. A flock (about 10) of Double-barred Finches are spending time in the gardens near the house. A flock of Brown-headed Honeyeaters were heard and sighted in the stringybark tree near the house.


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