July in South East Queensland

The weather is cool and dry at the moment, which is a relief after the wet and humid summer.

Yesterday I saw this baby koala in the front paddock, so cute. Koalas  are in serious decline and suffer from the loss of trees, dog attacks and road accidents. The Australian Koala Foundation estimates that there are less than 80,000 koalas left in the wild, possibly as few as 43,000.

We are in a high value area for Koala?s and rarely see them. I hope that the government does something about legislation to protect them as it would be very sad for them to become extinct like so many other native species.

We have also been blessed with  lots of Yellow Tailed Cockatoos  in the past week, they are very majestic birds, which feed on seeds in the eucalypt forest and make nests in the old tree hollows. They are very noisy birds, but not unpleasant.

Sadly they are also declining because of habitat loss. Unfortunately the tree hollows they nest in are usually only found in trees that are at least 50 years old. And with our thirst for paper products lots of our old trees are cut down and made into wood chips.

We also saw a couple of Tawny Frogmouths  a couple of weeks ago. During the day, the Tawny Frogmouth perches on a tree branch, often low down, camouflaged as part of the tree, so often very hard to see.

Winter in SE Queensland is usually dry and this year is no exception. Relying on rainwater for our household and garden use makes us very aware of the climate. That said we had a good stock of water at the beginning of winter so we are able to continue to water the garden, which is flourishing at the moment.  We have been eating zucchinis, spinach, brocolli and cauliflower as well as picking lots of oranges.

At least this time of the year there aren?t too many bugs to fight off. Although I?m sure they will be back when the weather warms up again.

It’s a good time to be in the garden. much easier to work in the cool. I have started my preparation for Spring by dressing all the fruit trees with some composted sheep manure and sugar cane mulch. As well I have taken the opportunity while lots of plants are dormant to move those that are in the wrong places as well as tidying the branches.

It will be a productive year with many of my small fruit trees now established enough to bear fruit and with my new found knowledge in the vegetable garden!



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