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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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Animals

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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Landcare Soil

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. […]

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Landcare

Funding grants 2019-20

Our non-profit group, Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Inc, relies on grant funding for our Landcare sites and upgrades to equipment and facilities. The Townsville City Council supports us with funding to cover the Project Officer position. Other funding support is listed below: Current Projects Community Sustainability Action Grant round 2 $33,809 June 2020 Skilling Queenslanders […]

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The importance of local provenance native plants

· Guest post by Christine Dalliston· Local Provenance is the term used to describe native plant populations that naturally occur in a given area. Many native plant species can be found to occur naturally across a broad geographic area or range. For example, Hairpin banksia (Banksia spinulosa) naturally occurs across 3 states, from coastal Victoria […]

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Aquatic weeds in the Ross River

Sagittaria/Delta Arrowhead (Sagittaria platyphylla) is a recent arrival to the Ross River, first found here in 2012. It is currently under a containment program in attempt to eradicate it from the river before it spreads throughout the region. Sagittaria is a highly invasive aquatic weed that can choke shallow waterways, including irrigation channels, blocking the […]

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Water chestnuts at Wongaloo

 • Guest post by Carolyn Osterhaus • I had heard about the Wongaloo wetlands from the Birdlife Townsville people. I also found out, to my chagrin, you can only go there on a tour. How serendipitous that the celebration of National Landcare Week in September included a bus tour to just this spot. The Wongaloo […]