The December working Bee will be on Tuesday, December 15th at 9:30 am. Meet at the tap in Pin Oak Crescent. Main tasks are watering and collecting litter. Hopefully we will finish before it gets too hot but wear a hat. All welcome. Just turn up and sign in if you wish to join us.
Thursday, 26 November 2015
Six volunteers attended the working bee on Tuesday, November, 24th: Ros, Thomas, Jennie, Ed, Roger and Margaret N. Apologies from John and Ian. We were very fortunate with the weather, it being a sunny, still morning; the next day was hot and extremely windy. In addition to our usual cleaning, watering and weeding duties, we pulled up all the poplar suckers that we could see and replanted the Agave mexicana and planted a ground-cover succulent (not Pigface) in the area where the Pigface was wiped out by a mealy bug infestation.
The last working bee for 2015 will be held in December; either 15th or 22nd...Stationeers are very busy around that time so we will need to compare diaries. Keep you posted,
Friday, 13 November 2015
Our next working bee is scheduled for Tuesday, November 24th, 2015. Meet at the tap in Pin Oak Crescent at 9:30 am. Newcomers welcome. Just turn up and register to become a Stationeer.
Tasks will include cleaning up under the landing and steps, picking up litter from the whole area and watering. There has been some damage to the Agave mexicana nearest the step and the Pig-face has completely died around it. I will bring some replacement plants. Ros
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Thursday, 15 October 2015
Our next working bee is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th, 2015. Meet at the tap in Pin Oak Crescent at 9:30 am. Tasks will include cleaning up under the landing and steps, picking up litter from the whole area and watering. Newcomers welcome. Just turn up and register to become a Stationeer. Ros
Sunday, 19 July 2015
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
|Flowering right now providing winter sustenance for honey-eaters|
Meet on the footpath opposite "La Delicatessa" in Pin Oak Crescent. If light showers are predicted for the 16th, expect the working bee to proceed. However if conditions on the day are really wet the working bee will be postponed to the following Tuesday.
Wednesday, 3 June 2015
It began to rain shortly before our working bee so the six Stationeers who braved the weather concentrated on the area under the station, which is sheltered. We pruned and cleaned up the overgrowth of the salt bushes and Plectranthus plants and Ian Smith managed to dig some holes in the compacted soil which we filled with water and hydrated water crystals prior to planting aspidistras in the dark areas towards the back of the bed. Meanwhile Thomas planted additional Rhagodia salt bushes at the other end of the embankment under the peppercorn tree and Jennie and Ed did the litter round. Ed continued on to the other side of the station and gathered more litter from the children's play area. At John's suggestion, I emailed Gary Mogford from KABV and Peter Watson from Metro Trains to ask if the disused safety meshing left by contractors could now be removed. It has been there since last year and work on the station has officially been completed.
Since the station landing was upgraded in 2013, there has been no rainfall penetration to that part of the station garden; the floor of the old landing used to leak when it rained. There appears to have been quite a bit of foot traffic through the garden too. Recently hardy Myoporum parvifolium ground cover plants have died and Pig-face has been attacked by mealy bug. The once-healthy Dianella plants are also struggling. We should consider installing a heavy duty watering system under the landing using part of our grant.
|Evidence of garden being used as a short-cut|
There will be another working be on Tuesday June 16th or 23rd. The date chosen will depend on the weather forecast. We will be planting a small MVCC consignment of indigenous plants plus more aspidistras and salt bushes as well as reluctantly cutting down the self-seeded River Red Gum that sprang up where the old ramp used to start. Ros
|Self-seeded River Red Gum|
Thursday, 14 May 2015
The next Newmarket Stationeers Working Bee will take place on Tuesday May 19th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Meet in Pin Oak Crescent next to the tap. Bring gloves and a trowel if you have them. We will be planting salt bushes under the peppercorn tree and aspidistras in the area under the landing which is in deep shade.
Sunday, 5 April 2015
March Working Bee Report
The March 17th working bee was attended by seven members who did some additional planting, concentrating on the Peppercorn tree perimeter and putting back the plants we had lifted from the path of the test drilling equipment last month during restoration work to the station. Melbourne received only half the average rainfall for March and Flemington missed out on most of it, our only significant rain in March was received on March 1st. Over Easter a couple of dedicated Stationeers watered the the new plants to keep them going until our April Working Bee. At the same time a lot of bottles and cans were collected and recycled. Discarded food rubbish was picked up and binned. John Wyeth dealt with a European wasps nest but unfortunately the wasps had another entrance to their nest and are still active. Metro Trains have been notified and will organize a pest controller to visit. Recent rain has come to the aid of plants just in time but a sudden die back of plants under the station landing is a bit concerning. If Stationeers wish to do a bit of extra watering this section may be the place to concentrate on as the Dianella is still alive; just.Our April working bee date has not been set yet.
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Working Bee Tasks
The next Newmarket Stationeers working bee is due on Tuesday, March, 17th beginning at 9:30 am. Meet in Pin Oak Crescent near the seats. The shrubs we removed from the path of the test boring machinery have all survived and can be put back in the ground now. Bring gloves and a trowel or spade if you have one. There are also some smaller plants ready for planting adjacent to the peppercorn tree and the station building but planting of them can be spread over the next four months' working bees. One of the poplars has a broken branch hanging over the some of our plants. It needs to be removed as soon as possible to avoid damaging our plants so Thomas and I will prune it before the working bee date.
|Poplar before the branch broke.|