A key strategy to control weeds is to provide competition from native vegetation. This can be by using trees and shrubs to limit the spread of wind-born weeds such as thistles, providing nitrogen from wattles for healthier grasses, providing stepping stones of trees and shrubs to achieve a balanced bird and insect population and a developing a diverse and vigorous population of grasses and forbs for production and ecological benefits.
Sourcing native seeds or plants (trees, shrubs, grasses and forbs) can be difficult and expensive, even though we may have a ready source of seeds available locally.
Karen Walker the Seedbank Coordinator for the Far South Coast Landcare Association is going to run a workshop to show people how to collect seed and propagate plants. Karen has extensive experience in collecting, storing and growing a wide range of native plants. The day will cover:
- Know when seeds are likely to be ready to be picked
- Know when seeds are ripe for collection
- Harvest seed from trees, shrubs, grasses and forbs using a variety of tricks of the trade
- Transport and record collections
- Extract and store seed
- Mechanical harvesting demonstration for grasses and forbs
- Dormancy and associated treatments
- Media to sow plants into and what containers to use
- Workplace hygiene to limit disease transfer
- Seed sowing steps
- Germination and pricking out
- Fertilisers and growing on
This will be a “hands on” day, where you will learn practical skills that you can take away with you to help collect seeds and grow native plants. It is suitable for anybody with an interest in native plants whether they live in town on an urban block, manage public land or have a farm.
Only 15 places available, although another workshop will be run if there is sufficient interest.
Please register early to avoid disappointment by contacting Robert or Toni McLeish on email@example.com or 6420 9991 (please leave a message).