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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.