DESIGN ELEMENTSBuilding A Bird Friendly Garden
Wildlife in Australia has taken a massive hit with bushfires, then torrential rain that in some cases resulted in flooding.
Are you wondering where have all the birds gone in your garden ?
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Let’s find out .
I'm talking with Glenice Buck, consulting arborist and landscape designer www.glenicebuckdesigns.com.au
If you provide your birds in your local area with a source of food, shelter and water, and that should help with not only supporting them, but letting you enjoy more of their presence.
- Glenice points out that you need to plant in layers.
- This includes the canopy layer or larger trees, the shrub layer, then groundcovers and finally the leaf litter layer.
|Grevillea Scarlet Sprite|
- Think about plants that flower at different times of the year so that you've got a food source all year round in your garden.
- With his corn, the second crop was stunted and tasselled early. He was wondering why?
- I had told him that, early corn tasseling usually results when plants are stressed.
- Corn that is exposed to cold temperatures early in the growing season may develop tassels too early.
- On the flip side, corn tassels too soon, can occur if it is stressed by drought, nutrient deficiencies or hot and dry conditions.
- Perhaps one of those reasons outlined may be the cause?
- He had added compost before planting the second lot but the compost wouldn’t have been enough.
- He would have needed to add a barrow load of decomposed manures, but then waited for a few weeks for that to break down in the soil so that it was available to plants.
- Here’s the outline of a basic 4 bed rotation system that I call Crop
- Because winter is approaching the legume could possible be planted with peas or broadbeans in most areas.
- So alliums follow legumes.
- You can choose from onions, shallots, leeks and Garlic.
- Root and fruiting crops follow alliums or the onion family.
- Brassicas are then following root and fruiting crops.
- In spring/summer you may want to plant silverbeet, radishes, mustard greens and pack choi.
- At the same time, and in bed 2, I would be on to Brassicas.
- Also at the same time and bed 3, I would plant out something from the root and fruiting crops.
- And, at the same time, I would plant something from the onion or allium family in bed 4.