I didn’t think anything exciting would happen this week, but how wrong could I have been. We have a very wet patch, where frogs live. Most days after lunch we hear the croaking. Well today, while we were installing our posts for the fence (yes, we are still working on it) one of our participants found her. She was gorgeous as you can see but tiny. I am also amazed at her camouflage as once back in the muddy water, you could hardly see her. This means our site is very clean, that there are no nasty chemicals and the water quality is good. So as I left my camera home of Thursday (thinking there would be nothing of interest to photograph) luckily I had my tablet.
Also this week after wandering around the Lend-A-Hand site, I found an old pile of mulch! Perfect, just what we needed for putting around the newly planted grevillea grab our wheel barrows, (I had to borrow one because my wheel barrows have been borrowed by other people, got our very expensive mulch fork – boy was it worth the money – and the participants and I filled our wheel barrows full of lovely large and small pieces’ mulch which we spread around the base of each plant.
I don’t usually like mulching in winter as it keeps the soil colder for longer – i.e. the sun rays take longer to penetrate the soil thus it takes longer for it to warm up. But in this case I wanted to suppress the weeds and make the area look better.
Grass, weeds and new plants don’t mix as the grass roots out competes the new plants for moisture and nutrients. That is why you often see failed or struggling specimen trees in the middle of a lawn. Of course the whipper snipper may have also ring barked the base of the tree as to why the tree is dead or dying.
As you know if you have read earlier blogs that Australian Prime Fibre generously donated bales of sugar cane mulch to our project. I am trying to save them for later on in the year when the weather is warmer but I will admit I have spread a very thin layer on the bed of broad bean to prevent moisture loss for the soil.
Our Lend-A-Hand Frog, is so well camouflaged that you can’t see her but she is there in the mud!
Well signing off for another week, Happy Gardening
Sandi and the Participants from the Lend-A-Hand Community Garden.
P:S: Our broad beans are growing and about 7cm high and the green manure bed is doing well too.