Gardening Perth, WA, Australia

Perth is on sand and although at Otaipango it is sand, in fact most of the Te Aupouri penninsula is a huge sand bank, there are great differences in how to garden and plant natives in these 2 sandy areas.

Firstly the sand here repells water - after 2 days of rain when you dig a hole to plant a plant, only about the top 10mm will be wet, the rest is bone dry. Which means that a hole for a 130mm pot needs to be a creater to get the depth as the sand keeps on falling back in from the sides!

At home it is a case of:

  1. Dig hole
  2. Put in plant
  3. Back fill
  4. Water

However, over here it is a different story.

  1. Dig hole putting the sand into containers
  2. Put the container sand and an equal amount of native mix concentrate into a wheel barrow or something similar
  3. Mix the whole lot thoroughly
  4. Put in plant
  5. Back fill half way with the 50:50 sand / native concerntrate mix
  6. Water
  7. Back fill the rest of the way
  8. With ordinary sand build a raised lip around where the mix ends and the ordinary sand begins
  9. Water making sure there are no leaks through the raised lip
  10. Lay mulch around the plant

    Repeat 104 times for the 104 plants bought

  11. Lay reticulation using 19mm line to pass each plant
  12. Put in 4mm feeder lines off the 19mm main line to be positioned over the raised lip of each plant
  13. Mulch the whole area now

Below are some of the natives we planted, including Knobby Clubrush Ficinia nodosa which is also a native at home and grows wild, easily transplanted following my planting guide above for home (and yes, I bought some of those). Be interesting to see how those grow with so much attention! LOL

Posted by tangatawhenua tangatawhenua, June 29, 2017 02:27

Observations

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What

Knobby Clubrush (Ficinia nodosa)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

June 21, 2017 03:18 PM NZST

Description

Ok, I know this is Ficinia nodosa as it growsw wild around home and I never thought I would see the day when I buy this for a garden, but here in Perth that is what I have done LOL Must be why the tips are cut off!

Now I know this survives in the sand at home, but here have added native concentrate mix because the sand here is shocking!

Photos / Sounds

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

June 21, 2017 03:19 PM NZST

Description

Also known as coral carpet

Photos / Sounds

What

Swamp Sheoak (Casuarina glauca)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

June 21, 2017 03:18 PM NZST

Description

Australian native

Photos / Sounds

What

Common Emu-Bush (Eremophila glabra)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

June 21, 2017 03:19 PM NZST

Description

Australian native

Photos / Sounds

What

Grey Cottonhead (Conostylis candicans)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

June 21, 2017 03:20 PM NZST

Description

Australian native.

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