Horned_cucumber.JPG (39314 bytes)Week 4 March 2007: Rain = 20mm Total for March = 80.5mm Monthly Average=67mm

We were fortunate with the rain in March. Tanks are full and there has been runoff into our dams.

This week we continued planting and mulching our Caravan Garden. We also weeded the eastern end of this garden in preparation for more planting.

Some years ago we collected some cuttings from a plant in a roadside population of Grevillea montana. This one plant that had more flowers and they were more colourful than the other plants in the population. This week one of the progeny, of this plant, flowered.

Early in the week we had some visitors to Yallaroo. They live near Dorrigo and are creating a native garden. They were particularly interested in using Myoporum parvifolium to stabilise an embankment. We were able to show them a number of forms of the species and how efficient this dense ground cover would be for their embankment.

A group from the Australian Plant Society are coming to visit in April so this week we tidied the plastic house. We enjoy these visits and they do encourage us to keep the propagating area a trifle tidy.

Took a short break during the week and spent a few days at Coffs Harbour on the coast. We paddled in the ocean, visited the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden and strangely enough visited a nursery. Our purchases included Callistemon Pink Champagne, Grevillea Coconut Ice and Grevillea Superb. We enjoy visiting the coast but prefer to live in the high country.

In one of our gardens we planted some African Horned Cucumber plants. They took off and have a spread of 2 metres or so. They produce large, prickly cucumbers that are very sweet and are said to contain high concentrations of vitamin C (see image).

The foliage of one of our Banksias became very yellow. We watered the plant with dissolved iron sulphate a few weeks ago. Now the new foliage is a healthy green.


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