We have just returned from the farm and are amazed by the growth and health of the plants. We have had a long hot summer and they are thriving. The summer has officially ended, although we have had no rain. The days are a little cooler, early to mid 20’s and the nights around 10. It is a loverly time at the farm before the business of planting this seasons crops.
Jorn has just returned from the farm. He decided to take a short video showing how well our plants are going. It is very exciting watching them thrive. Jorn has just returned, the new project underway at the farm it to rebuild the bridge crossing over the start of the Tone River. Jorn has started to construct a log bridge over the River. This will greatly assist the flow of the Cockatoo Creek into the Tone River. Our dream from a few years ago about restoring the bio-diversity, depth and beauty of the waterway and its local environment are coming true.
Stay tuned – bridge building posts will soon follow!
Just over twelve months ago we started fencing of land to prepare for our biodiversity projects at Bellalee.
Some said it will never work, others advised they had tried and not a single plant had survived. Others helpfully suggested we were being foolhardy and to expect nothing. Another high ranker suggested that if we had a 20% stick rate after the first twelve months we will done done exceptionally well.
All very disheartening.
We listened however took no heed.
We have a 90% strike rate……. Every where we planted there are wonderful healthy little plants dreaming of becoming big plants. They have survived the long summer and are looking forward to some steady rain.
Phew a Pottiputki is an amazing Finnish invention from the 1970’s. specifically designed for manual tree planting. You may recall we have just under 18,000 to plant over the upcoming long weekend. Steve Blyth from Blyth Tree Farm supplied two of the planters we used. Local farmers, the Warberton’s supplied another two and good friend David Lee loaned another. Fully kitted out of we set.
the planter strikes the Pottiputki into the ground, you put the plant down the tube and stamp on the slide at the bottom of the devise. The mechanism does the planting as at the bottom of the devise are two claws that look a little like a duckbill. They open after pushing an opening into the ground for the plant. The claws open and drop the plant into the slot, you push the soil bank at your foot in to seal the young seedling into position and move on. Simple, especially 18,000 odd times……..
Well we were an odd wonderful lot of humans and the doggess Jezabel. Hard going left use thinking,….. Jorn Ramel came up with version two, an old 50 odd cm hexagon shaped wooden rod (a former roller from a blind), a a series of 50cm PVC tubes. One person went ahead stamping a slot into the ground and the planters followed, putting the plant down thw tube, stamping it closed and onto the next hole. Horray, horray, horray. EASY…. That is what we like.
Where is the wire? Exclaimed a bewildered Jorn as we crossed Cockatoo Creek on a pre- planting inspection. Somebodies……… What ………. Where…….. Stunned as we realise we have missed an entire section of wire…… And it is raining …….. More fencing in the rain…….. At least it is a small section ………
This week we are working on the SWCC major regeneration project on the property. This has been an ambitious project to fence over 4 kilometres of land including all the waterways on the property. It creates a significant corridor for wildlife and links up with neighbouring farmers regeneration projects on the south east side and nature reserve on the north east flank.
This morning we went to pick up the fencing ordered from Kojonup Ag Supplies.
This trip we aim to fence a large area including Muir’s Brook and the Tone River.
There is an access way across the Creek for the farmers however with the way we are managing the project stock will be totally excluded from the creek/river system for the first time since the land was cleared.
We are indebted to the expertise and time given to us by Terry Brooks from SWCC
Jezabel the doggess showing the way. Below – Jorn Ramel working – again!! still!!!