Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Not Sewing, Sowing!

Looks like Blogger is making us exercise our necks again! Both these photos are turned 90 degrees from how I expected them to display. Just rest your head on your right shoulder to see them the way I took them.

Four boxes of seeds sown today. That's hard to type - my fingers think I want to say "sewn"!

Three are eucalypts:
One box of manna gum (Eucalyptus viminalis), and two of yellow box (Eucalyptus melliodora). The manna gums don't need any special treatment to germinate, but the yellow box have a smoke treatment added to them to make them think there has been a fire. I presume they don't bother germinating under normal circumstances as the forest cover would mean they wouldn't get enough light to be able to grow. But once a fire has removed the forest canopy, light will reach the ground to allow a baby tree to get a start in life.

The fourth box is river bottlebrush (Callistemon sieberi):
They require capillary watering, so the box is sitting inside another box containing water. Once they've germinated they will be removed from the water bath and watered normally.

So that's the start of my backyard TreeProject forest this year. For more info about TreeProject, here's their website:

1 comment:

  1. My neck needed some exercise anyway. 4 boxes down - 10 to go! Very interesting that you can simulate the smoke of a forest fire.