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Helping Pollinators in the Garden

Helping Pollinators in the Garden
 
World wide we are loosing our pollinators – our birds, bees and other insects, and our nocturnal animals such as possums and bats.  And without pollinators we don’t eat.  It sounds bizarre but it is true, that without bees and other pollinators we die. It is a pretty simple equation; everything that goes onto our dinner table relies on bees or other pollinators.  Without pollinators our forests will de-evolve back to ferns, without pollination the high yield, high-energy plants (monocotyledons & dicotyledons) will wither and die.

Birdwatching at Fairhill


On the last Wednesday day of every month at 8.00am during winter (7.00am starting August) the Wednesday Day Club spend and hour wondering through Fairhill Botanic Gardens enjoying the huge diversity of bird life that the gardens have attracted before retiring to have a cuppa, talk about their sightings and a chat.  On most outings they identify over 60 different types of birds with the highest number being 85 seen and three heard, that’s a huge diversity in a 10 acre garden.  They have listed over 150 species of birds over the past years.

Platypus Sighting

It’s been confirmed!
 
 
Three weeks ago I sighted a platypus on the Fairhill dam.  I was stoked of course but everyone that I spoke to bragging about the sighting doubted me with comments like; “are you sure”, “really” followed by mumbling something like “yea right Nick” and other remarks that are probably better left unsaid.
On the last Wednesday of every month there is a bird watching group (called the “Wednesday Club”) come to the gardens to see what birds they can find.  Last Wednesday as well as seeing 61 different birds they also sighted the fabled platypus.

Around the Garden

The sun is out, Grevillea and Banksia are flowering, the gardens are looking a treat and the birds are loving it.
On the last Wednesday of each month a group of bird watches (called “The Wednesday Club”) come to the nursery and gardens to see what birds they can find, have a cup of tea or coffee and a chat.  Each month they typically see and hear 50 to 60 different birds.  Last Wednesday they saw 63 birds and heard a further 20 different birds, 83 species of birds in one morning - WOW!!

Autumn Is the Time to Plant

Autumn is the time to plant!!
 
As I’m writing this blog I can already hear the mumblings “here we go, a salesman trying to drum up some business”.
 
Most people think that spring is the best time to plant but its not.  There is no right or wrong time to plant in the warm temperate, subtropical and tropical areas of Australia but the best time to plant is autumn as I’ll show you below.
 
Compare the conditions in spring, when most gardeners plant and autumn when there is not much planting done.