As part of our on going support and in recognition of the support of our Landlords, The Landsdale Farm School, we had set up another 120 vegetable seedlings for their gardens. Their aim is to show a variety of vegetables, plants,shrubs and trees as part of the educational nature of their activities. Many of the plants grown are heritage style plants with a fair mix of new (to us) Asian vegies. Most are very colourful and a lot are unusual looking. The deep orange gourd like pumpkins (Potimarron Pumpkin) and the Zucchini – One Ball F1, which is a highly unusual round fruit, attractive bright yellow skin, great for salads and stir fries. Both are just finishing their growing season. The Grosse Lisse and Cherry Tomatoes which were planted out last November and have just sat in the gardens for months (too much heat) are coming alive and are starting to bear fruit after all these months. It is worth a visit to seek out new ideas and just to view their gardens which are beautifully maintained.
On Tuesday 16th April, the writer and Elaine from FOY together with Lynne from the Farm School planted out the 120 plants in the quick time of about half an hour into already prepared beds. It certainly keeps the crouching and bending to a minimum having all the preperatory work done for us in advance. Another couple of trays (240 plants) were set up for planting in a couple of months.
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Following a late start with initial difficulties in starting seeds we now have a full Nursery of around 10,000 plants to go into the Park in addition to seedlings started for the Farm School gardens.
Volunteers required for weeding and planting out in the Park, commencing when the season breaks and we have some much needed rain. Watch the Clubhouse Calendar for planned working dates plus there are work days on most Tuesdays or Saturday mornings, refer to Kevin by
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NURSERY REPORT FEBRUARY 2013 (Edited)
After the health scare of “Big Kev”, mid 2012, the writer decided to assist by keeping the Nursery in business and ready for the time when the planting sessions in the Park would be able to recommence.
We had literally thousands of our own plants in addition to the large order of 5,000 that we had propagated. These were spread over the whole Nursery and on the outside tables.First job was to find out what we had and over several weeks the various varieties of plants were brought together which allowed an idea of the stock we actually had on hand.These plants were tidied up and were made ready for planting out in the best possible condition. The remaining seedlings in the seed trays were potted up giving an additional couple of thousand plants.
There were several thousand plants that had been in stock too long and had become overgrown, these were removed from their pots and the top and bottom 20-30mm was removed along with a clearance of the side roots on two sides (later to be all four sides) and the plants were repotted in the same tube stocks along with new soil and fertiliser. As an experiment the top growth was not reduced. This has proved to be a successful way of regenerating the plants as few losses were experienced and the plants reflected their improved health in their foliage. It is assumed that being under shade cloth and with sufficient water kept them alive and prospering with their full and new growth. Hopefully they will be planted out in the 2013 season.
We had a large number of water plants which were greatly overgrown covered in a jelly growth and weed - Yuk. These were painstakingly repotted by removing them from the pot, splitting the plants (up to 10 in a 2” tube pot) and repotting them, docking the foliage down to about 300mm. This proved a mistake as the plants just sat in their new pots, looking healthy enough but with no new growth and the leaf cut line and below became unsightly. A couple of months later as an experiment the fronds/leaves were cut off at below soil level and this created a reaction of new healthy growth in weeks.
Observation: Contrary to past practice the leaves should not be cut down but allowed to remain for say a month to allow the roots to re establish and if no new growth is noted, then cut off the growth below soil level. Baumea preissii, Baumea juncea and Baumea Articulate. The water plants were placed in plastic seed trays lined with plastic which became water baths. Very successful.
External Sales: Late 2012 - Through a previous initiative of Kevin Mc and the services of Ken C as Salesman and Delivery person we have commenced selling these water plants plus others to the Woodvale Koi and Fish Farm and we are seeking new on-sellers.
At the completion of the Spring / Autumn planting season a stock take was taken of the remaining plants in the Nursery and it was found that we still had an oversupply of 5,401 plants. These were tidied up and repotted; they should go out in 2013. All plants were brought in from the outside table and water to that area cut off to reduce our water useage.
Plants of the Park: The stock take allowed recognition of the plants we propagate for the Park and with the assistance of the DEC Florabase a pictorial record, Plants of the Park, was set up to show the Volunteers details and pictures of the plants that they are working with in the Nursery and The Park.
Seedlings raising: We have had partial success with propagation of more seedlings for 2013 but it has been observed that the seed trays are receiving too much water and are waterlogged. In late January following another reorganisation of the placement of the stock we are experimenting on reducing the water over the right hand front table, to see if this is the case. Little steps. Later, this reduction of water to the seed trays has resulted in a better strike rate.
In addition to the above, extensive maintenance has been carried out in the Nursery complex.
Around three hundred man and woman (person) hours of work was volunteered and expended on the Nursery work from July 1st, 2012 to this report.
As can be seen a fair bit of change, improvements, repairs etc have taken place in the past 6 months and the Nursery and Potting shed are well set up for the future. We need to ensure that the old stock is planted out in the 2013 season and in the 2013/2014 season we can settle down to refine our seed raising techniques, which are proving a bit of a challenge, but that too will be solved.
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Nursery Reports – February 2013
On Saturday 26th January, 2013 we had our first major potting out of the New Year and 500 Kangaroo Paws (Red and Green) “Anigozanthos manglesii” were given a new home and room for themselves in their individual pots ready for planting out when the rain comes in April/May.
Kevin, John H, John and Marion (this latter John supervised with hot chips in hand - he’s on a strict diet???), Elaine, Jim, David were all assisted by some new recruits with a young Grand Mum, Mum and two daughters offering their assistance. The two young ladies were completing work to obtain their Scouting “Conservation and Environment badge.”
It was a pleasure to see nimble young fingers moving so quickly and the work was completed in record time. Thank you to you all and please come back again, particularly when we start to plant out in the Park, mid year. Maybe another Scout badge will be the result.
On completion of work we set ourselves up near a Farm School barbie and threw a few snags on the BBQ to celebrate Australia Day, which was very pleasant sitting in the shade out of the sun and just chatting but we didn’t solve too many of the Worlds problems.
With all the hot weather, things have gone quiet with the FOY Volunteers but over the past six months the Nursery has undergone a great deal of work and visitors and hopefully workers will possibly miss all the accumulated junk that was so much a part of the space, it has gone!! We have a new roof on the potting shed, new additional smaller storage shed, cupboard and many repairs and improvements have been undertaken. The older plants have been given a new lease of life and new plants have joined them and we are now starting to load up the external tables.
Kevin has been experimenting with seed raising and in the past week greater success has been achieved along with a reduction of water on the seed trays.
So watch your emails for details of potting out days in the near future.
Scouting is alive and well in the Community.
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Looking at all the Blog pages for the work going on in the Park, one would assume that nothing is happening in the Nursery, I am happy to report that the Landsdale Farm School Gnomes, ducks and chooks have been very busy keeping up with the literally '000's of plants that are being taken out of the Nursery into the Park by the keen and willing FOY Volunteers.
From the cleaning up of the tube stock ,of weeds and moss, the Farm School compost heap has gained a large new contribution to go along with the manure and farm scraps. Hundreds of plants have been tidied and groomed and now planting into tubes of stock in readiness for the 2013 year is well under way.
We'll have to see if the Fairies will hop in and help out when things get busier. Maybe they can sprinkle some fairy dust around and do all the work in an instant.
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