Week 4 January 2003: The prolonged drought is having a fatal effect on many of our eastern Banksias. We have lost Banksia serrata, Banksia integrifolia, and Banksia spinulosa. Banksias normally do not show signs of wilting because of their leathery leaves. By the time you notice that they are in trouble it is too late to remedy the situation. Our Western Australian Banksias are coping with the drought. In future we will plant Banksias in clumps and build up the soil around the clumps. The soil will form a large saucer-shaped depression. The depression will be filled with water at regular intervals depending on weather conditions. The clumps will be mulched with organic material.
The weather has been very warm (for the Northern Tablelands) with temperatures hovering around the 300 centigrade mark. Gardening is taking a back seat at the moment Catching up on writing and reading.
We had some tomato plants developing but one night the Grey Kangaroos ate them almost to ground level. We transplanted some plants into large pots. If they survive we may have some homegrown tomatoes. The kangaroos canít be blamed. There is very little grass available.
The flowers on our Angophoras are fading. Their place is being taken by Bursaria spinosa, the Blackthorn. Lots of this useful plant are regenerating and lighting up the bush around Yallaroo with their cream flowers.

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