Week 2 May 2015: No rain this week.

Planting continued this week with 27 plants finding homes in the garden north of the house just across our road. This garden now contains over 150 plants. The first planting took place around Christmas 2015. Most plants are doing very well. We are following our usual method and placing three plants in the one hole. The only exception is when purchased plants, in a 14 centimetre pots, are planted. They are planted by themselves.

This weekend we had our three-weekly talkback radio programme. There seems to be a reasonable listening audience for the programme. There are always interesting questions that we try to answer. Sometimes successfully and other times we have to refer either to the internet or our library for answers. These tricky inquiries are held over until our next programme when with any sort of luck we will have an answer.

The cold weather has arrived and every night we are lighting our wood heater. We have some wood, that we cut, left over from last winter but shortly we will have to cut some more. Fortunately there is plenty of timber around that is suitable for firewood. Previous owners ring-barked (killed) a number of eucalypts and over time these trees have fallen. It does not take long to cut up a winter’s worth of firewood.

The ash from the heater does not go to waste. Some is incorporated into our tube soil mix and some is spread around our citrus plants. We read that a commercial citrus grower top dressed his citrus with ash.

We are germinating broad bean seeds in paper sandwiches in margarine containers. We wet pieces of paper cut to fit into the containers, fold in half and place six seeds in each sandwich. The seeds germinate in less than a week and then they are potted on into thumb pots until they are about five centimetres high. They are then planted into a vegetable bed. This week we planted out six sprouted broad bean seeds.

“Normal” potting on also continued. Struck cuttings of Melaleuca pulchella, Grevillea Lutea and Goodenia decurrens were potted on into tubes.

A couple of months ago we purchased two evergreen Blueberry Burst plants from a Master’s store in Sydney. This week we potted both plants into large pots. We now have four evergreen blueberries. Three of them are flowering so we may have some fruit in the future. It is reputed that evergreen blueberries will produce four kilograms of fruit per plant. Hopefully our plants will be as productive.

Acacia deanei, Callistemon flavovirens and Melaleuca cardiophylla are flowering.

No specific wildlife observations this week. As per usual the garden is alive with small birds, particularly Eastern Spinebills and Double-barred Finches.


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