Week 4 October 2006: Rain = 29.5mm. This was very welcome moisture.
Planting continued this week near our shed. We planted natives and tomatoes with 24 plants going into the ground.
Some of our Banksia seedlings had developed yellow foliage. We sprinkled some iron sulphate on the surface of each tube and then watered. Time will tell if this cures the problem.   
On our shopping day we bought a 20 litre plastic storage box. We set up the box as a mini-glasshouse for cutting propagation. Many people are interested in propagating native plants but do not want to go to the expense of glasshouse equipment. The plastic container may be an inexpensive way to grow both native and exotic plants. We placed a two centimetre layer of sand in the container and the pots of cuttings are placed on the sand. With the lid fitted this becomes a sealed propagating unit. We will report on the results from our experiment.
One day we had a visit from people from Gunnedah. They are keen gardeners and we all had an enjoyable time.
Some time was spent potting on seedlings and struck cuttings. We now have a large number of tubed plants that will be planted in the coming months.
We found a Red-bellied Black Snake swimming in our new pond. We left the reptile alone. It was probably trying to catch the frogs that had taken up residence in the pond.
A friend visited one day this week. He had visited a property east of Armidale and discovered another population of Grevillea beadleana. This beautiful Grevillea has been found in a number of sites on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. He brought some cutting material of some of the other plants from this site.
There are plenty of plants flowering this week. A clump of Callistemon pallidus plants are in full flower on the island in our Big Dam. A naturally growing Kurrajong (Brachychiton) is bursting into bloom and Acacia rupicola is flowering for the first time.
Over the past few months we have noticed many small birds are using our early plantings near our front gate. We think that they are moving from the gardens around the house to the older section. Small birds are also moving into the garden around the New Pond.
New on the site this week: Acacia rupicola and Brachychiton populneus.  

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