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Quick pickup “take-away” plant orders – how it works

For your convenience, we offer pre-paid “take-away” orders. If your order is received by Monday and paid by Wednesday, we will usually have your plants ready for collection on the following Friday. Step 1: Choose your plants Please download our stocklist and plant guide to decide which plants you want. Our tubestock plants cost $2.50 […]

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Leucaena leucocephala: friend and foe

· Guest post by Dave Pratchett · Goondaloo Creek Landcare site became the focus of my Landcare volunteering in 2019, soon after we moved to Townsville. Assisting with weed control and watering in the newly planted section opposite Tech NQ, I could look upstream to an area rejuvenated through years of sustained effort. But downstream […]

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Birdwings and butterfly vines

· Guest post by Malcolm Tattersall · Many of us know that we should grow a particular vine to attract Birdwing butterflies to our gardens but just what the vine is called, and which butterflies rely on it, are recurring questions. Very briefly, the caterpillars of one group of Swallowtail butterflies feed exclusively on one […]

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How the “coronavirus tree” got its name

· Guest post by Adam Goulding · Before COVID-19 caused temporary closure of CDTLI’s Bush Garden Nursery, our Saturday sessions were often busy and tended to attract passing walkers, cyclists and runners. We even had a couple come in half way through our volunteers’ smoko, only to be rather disappointed that we were not a […]

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Worms!

• Guest post by Tim Doolan • Worm farms have become all the rage recently, and I’ve been lucky enough to have received one for my birthday. For the uninitiated, worm farms are a container where you throw food scraps and provide an environment for particular types of worms to flourish. In return they give […]

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Native plant identification resources

· Guest post by Tim Doolan · Tipping my hat to the present COVID-19 restrictions (not that my hat gets much wear now) I hope everyone is enjoying their meditation on solitude. What better time to discover some new resources for native plant identification! Apart from asking someone who knows better, or going straight to […]

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Bottlebrush or paperbark? Callistemon or Melaleuca?

· Guest post by Malcolm Tattersall · This all began with a somewhat puzzling comment in the gardening column of our local newspaper, “The Tinaroo Bottlebrush (Melaleuca recurva but still sold as Callistemon recurvis) is…” “Isn’t a Melaleuca a paperbark?” I wondered. A bit of digging (no, not in the garden) showed me that what […]

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Lorikeet with Black Beans

· Guest post by Malcolm Tattersall · No, this isn’t a recipe. The Black Bean in my title is a local tree, Castanospermum australe, and you wouldn’t want to cook with its seeds because they are too too big and too toxic. Two of our neighbours in Mundingburra have well-grown specimens and I am simply […]

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Flowerpot snakes

· Guest post by Malcolm Tattersall · We were moving lots of pot-plants last October, planting out many of them and re-potting others, and one day we disturbed a few strange worms in the process  … or so I thought. All of them were typical worm size, perhaps 8 – 12 cm long and shoelace-thick. […]

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The importance of soil type

· Guest post by Timothy Doolan · Something to think about when choosing native plants for your garden or revegetation project is which plants are suited to your soil type. There are a number of different soil types in the Townsville region. Higher quality soils are generally found along waterways and their immediate floodplains, e.g. […]