October 22 2017 - 7 January 2018

Posted by pat on January 9, 2018 at 3:05 PM

Well what an interval between posts. Sorry about that.


Many new things happening. Thomas and Gigi have joined us as a volunteers. It is so good to have extra people to tackle the huge proliferation of bindweed and other creepers encroaching on the area. The longed for rain and the heat has made the growth of climbers a danger to the smaller plants and even to established growth..


Derek, Martin and Pat are still weeding away. Derek has been with us for over 2 years now. What a difference he has made. He has adopted his own area which was previously covered with Honeysuckle.


As November in Auckland had no rain at all we were looking at the prospect of dying plantings. Martin and his employers, Plant and Food had made a video of Kenyan farmers enhancing their Avocado trees to increase yeild. They placed a 20ltr bottle beside each tree with a pin prick in it to provide a slow, steady, constant supply of water to each tree. We decided to follow this example and called several companies to seek out free bottles.


Two companies were absolute stars and gave us free bottles. One company provided 800ltr barrels that had had shampoo in them. This was the Auckland Drum Company   The other company, Bottles Ltd in East Tamaki, provided over 50 10ltr bottles that were rejects. We pin pricked each bottle, filled it with water and placed it next to each plant we were trying to save. The Hebes are the worst affected in this type of situation. The larger containers act as way stations as no water reaches the midvalley onwards.


Having five people to pull and cut is a huge advantage and provides the capacity for us to watch and support more areas. In this way those areas do not fall off the radar and we get to them before plantings  are killed by the vines. In the area we cleared last week one quite large tea-tree had died from vine infestation.


If you would like to join us come along to the rear carpark at Selwyn College each Sunday at 8.30am, it would be great to see you. We do two hours work - no more.

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