September 17 - October 7, 2023: Issue 599


Dry Warm Spring Forecast: Put In Drought Tolerant Native Plants + Spring School Holiday Spring Gardening Ideas For Youngsters Because They Like 'Growing Stuff' Too

In June 2021 our youngest son cleared the front bank of all the weeds that had taken over and planted out natives that could take a lot of shade under the spotted gum and cope with not getting as much water as the rest of the garden. The aim was to create habitat for wildlife that lived close to the ground and medium range plant coverage to attract the smaller birds that prefer bushes between tree canopy and ground for protective cover, nesting and food, along with stabilising the bank after the weeds had been removed.

He chose well as all but one of the plants, a Ned Kelly Grevillea, have not only survived they are now thriving, as shown above. 

The plant label that came with the Ned Kelly stated 'Plant in free-draining soil in full sun or part shade; more sunshine means more flowers'. Although this advice would indicate it would not do well on the bank under the trees in clay soil, the promise of ''A medium-sized bushy shrub with stiff, heavily divided, fern-like foliage and orange-red flowers which are displayed throughout most of the year. Loved by honey eaters flocking to feed on the flowers at dusk and dawn. Ideal for use as a screening plant or feature shrub. Long season of colour'' seemed worth a go.

planting day June 2021

September 2023 - Ned has left the bank.

There was just too little sun and the soil was unsuitable for any bushranger to take over the front bank. 

Given the BoM has forecast a warm dry Spring and that may well be followed by very hot dry Summer, it's worth heeding the descriptions on native plants, which are clearly going to do better in Australian conditions, and also look around your neighbourhood to see what other gardeners have had success with.

Just around the corner from us 'Di' has a thriving native plant garden. Di moved here just 9 years ago because she loves the beauty of the area and the native plants that will do well here. Her garden is a mix of local and species, such as kangaroo paw, and although only planted out since moving to Pittwater, it already looks well established and masses of blooms erupt early each Spring and persist through other seasons as well.

Di kindly let us photograph these and advised that she too has had some that failed but if you love what it may bring to your garden, wildlife, along with those glorious scents of pure honey, it's worth having a go. Her successes run below, along with some taken in past research into what will work where. Council also have a webpage that advises what will suit restoring habitat in your garden in Pittwater.

Having completed one side of the garden the owners of the 'garden around the corner' have now started on the other, installing garden rocks to begins with.

Although many native species of plants will do well in dry conditions, they still need TLC, a good watering when it's been too dry, and a good feed.

The following tips have been collected as a guide.


The old belief that Australian native plants are difficult to grow has shifted in recent years to  acknowledging that which can grow in the hardest of soils under just as hard conditions, should be able to adapt to your own garden, that is why we’re seeing so many of other Australian states glories being available here. Those wonderful WA kangaroo paws being just one example. 

If you’re uncertain what will work for your garden, the best rule of green thumb is to choose plants that match to each particular part of your garden environment; for example if you have a lot of exposed areas, don’t choose something that may need shade and shelter. If you want to grow indigenous plants those natural to your area and suited to your garden's location and soil types, these plants will grow quite easily. These plants will also be less likely to be susceptible to pests such as insects as many have developed defence mechanisms against these.

There may be some groups of plants or individual species that are difficult to propagate or cultivate in your garden. For example, plants from different climatic zones to Sydney may be difficult to propagate unless their preferred growing conditions can be mimicked in the garden.

Di's Kangaroo paw - thriving a long way from W.A.

Di's Flannel flowers - these have always thrived in local soils

Shouldn't every garden in Pittwater have a Rock Lily or two?

Growing difficult plants
Many sensitive to their environment plants can be successfully grown in containers.  Or you may need to put in substantial effort to alter soil conditions to suit them. For example, the Sydney Rock Rose, Boronia serrulata, a small shrub found in sandstone areas, can be difficult to grow in your garden unless you accommodate its optimum growing conditions by creating garden beds with buried sandstone rocks and rubble and planting into this. 

Other natives to our area thrive in cooler shady corners -  Dendrobium kingianum or Thelychiton kingianus, commonly known as pink rock orchid or Captain King's dendrobium, and some will do well in poorer soils - Indigofera australis, known as Australian Indigo, as long as they get good dose of sun.

Australian soils are generally low in fertility and organic matter. The distribution of many native plants is strongly influenced by the type of soil in an area, e.g. sandstone or Cumberland clays in Sydney, and its position in the landscape (ridge tops versus gullies, north versus south-facing slopes). Distribution will also reflect differences in combinations of light and moisture together with soil type.

Most Australian soils are neutral or slightly acidic with a pH between 5.5 and 7.0. To find out what pH your soil has, speak to the horticulturist at Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 at Mona Vale’s Green Life nursery about soil testing, or get a do-it-yourself soil testing kits.

Changing soil conditions
• Clay soils - dig in compost or manure and add gypsum to make the soil more friable. Raising the soil level slightly will also assist drainage. Often the soil level only needs to be raised by about 30 cm.
• Sandy soils - dig in organic matter and keep well mulched.

Some Australian native plants have evolved in poor soils and are very sensitive to artificial fertilisers, especially phosphorus. Generally, clay soils are naturally fertile and shouldn't require too much of any added fertiliser, although you should dig in some mulch and let that settle to break up the soil a bit so roots can take hold. Sandy soils are low in fertility as nutrients leach out with fast drainage. These will require some building up unless you choose plants that will do well in those conditions. You could always take a bush walk in local reserves and see what does well there then source it locally from the JBH Greenlife Garden Centre at Mona Vale where they have a variety of native plants suitable for local conditions. 

Only use low-phosphorus fertilisers especially formulated for Australian native plants to give them a good feed. Gardeners who work with natives have advised it's best to feed them once a month during Spring to give them a boost at this peak growing season. They will then do well if you give them another feed in Autumn, before cold weather sets in. Both clay and sandy soil types respond well to thick layers of organic matter used as mulch.

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Please ensure you wear a mask, gloves and safety gasses/goggle when handling fertiliser products and follow the instructions on the packet.

Scotts Osmocote Native Controlled Release Fertiliser 700g: $10.30 - Controlled release fertiliser. Wetting agent. Feeds for 6 months. Designed for Native Plants.

Waratahs grow locally and will grow in your garden, as they do in Di's

Mulch helps to maintain soil moisture and reduces or eliminates the need to water artificially. Additionally, as the mulch breaks down, nitrogen and potassium are replenished in sandy soils. Mulch also provides humus (nutrient-rich earth formed when plant or animal material decays), which improves the soil, and can reduce weed growth.

Any organic material that is free of disease is useful. Use leaf fall, grass clippings and path sweepings as mulch on garden beds. See what is available at your local nursery or local council, and ask what they recommend. You could invest in a home mulcher and turn all your garden prunings into mulch, or a cheaper option is to just keep all garden clippings reasonably small and put them straight back onto the garden. Nothing needs to be wasted.

Apply mulch to at least 100 mm in depth, which should last all year. Be careful that it isn't piled up against plant stems or trunks as this can encourage fungal growth and disease.

Mulch just after rain when the ground is already moist. This helps to keep the moisture in. How often you mulch will depend on the type of mulch you use, how quickly it breaks down and needs replacing, and the reason you are mulching. If for food, mulch twice a year in spring and autumn; if to retain moisture, a thick layer once a year should be sufficient.

Some of the Best Native Plants for Native Bees

You want to attract the bees too - bees, along with birds and other insects, are what is termed 'beneficial' for the garden.

Brachyscome: These long-flowering ground covers are popular with stingless bees.

Callistemon – Bottlebrush: These nectar-rich flowers also attract native bees.

Ceratopetalum gummiferum ‘Alberys Red’ - Christmas Bush: This large shrub, with dense cream flowers in springtime, attracts many native bees.

Eucalyptus: Gum blossom is often covered with clouds of native bees – local varieties Spotted gum and Angophoras are very attractive to native bees

Grevilleas: Many Grevilleas such as Grevillea Moonlight provide good nectar for bees.

Hibbertia scandensThe Common Teddy Bear Bee and the Common Blue Banded Bee love buzzing the flowers of Hibbertia scandens.

Leptospermum polygalifolium - Lemon Scented Tea Tree: Leptospermum species are in the ‘top ten’ list in Native Bees of the Sydney Region – A Field Guide.

Scaevola humilis - Fan Flower: Many small native bees and leafcutters visit these flowers.

Senna clavigeraThe Common Teddy Bear Bee, the Common Blue Banded Bee and the Emerald Homalictus buzz the flowers of this bush. Leafcutters also clip pieces of the leaves for their nests. Long flowering period.

Thryptomene saxicola FC Payne: This graceful winter flowering shrub attracts stingless bees and other native bees.

Westringia fruticosa - Coast Rosemary: Westringia is also in the ‘top ten’ list in Native Bees of the Sydney Region – A Field Guide. It flowers over a long period and is tough and reliable.

Coastal or Native Rosemary (Westringia fruticosa)

A few more tips to help the bees along in your garden with just few simple steps:

  • Choose pollinator-friendly species, such as thistles, lavender and oregano, for your garden. 
  • Ensure there is always something in flower, from early Spring to late Autumn and onwards into Winter. 
  • Mow the lawn less often, even just in a small patch, as this allows dandelions, clovers and other plants to flower. Autumn is a great time to ease off on the mowing as the grass won't be growing as quickly as it does in mid-Summer.
  • Avoid pesticides. Pollinators can ingest these poisons when they feed from flowers.
  • Cover as much of your garden as possible in flowery borders and natural lawns, rather than paving and decking. 
  • Pots, hanging baskets and window boxes can further supplement the food supply.

Callistemon or bottlebrushes are native to our area and will thrive and attract birds to your garden as well as provide brilliant burst of colour

Heath-leaved Banksia, Banksia ericifolia, and Swamp Banksia, Banksia robur, both thrive in our area. What's more these trees have year round flowers with new ones growing as the old ones are finsihing. Birds, insects and possums love them.

Another native beauty from Di's garden - thanks Di!

Some Spring School Holidays DIY Fun: A Littlies Salad Garden + Fairy Arbour

There's no reason to leave the youngsters out of all this - studies have shown they will enjoy food they've grown more and want to get involved in looking after a native plant - habitat restored garden if they're pat of the plan from the get-go. A great reason to let them do the watering as it gets warmer, if only for the 'playing under the hose' it brings!

If your youngsters love to play in the dirt or love to help out in the kitchen making all kinds of good things to eat then their very own salad garden may appeal.  

As we head into Spring and Summer Salads will soon be what we all want to eat, and younger people love raw carrots and sticks of celery or little tomatoes (cherry tomatoes) or lettuces that can continue to provide leaves over the whole of these seasons simply by picking the outer leaves and allowing the others to continue to grow. Cucumbers are great to eat and can be made into a yoghurt raita too – great for carrot and celery stick dipping.

There’s beetroot for burgers and onions to go with sausage sandwiches, or garlic for salad dressings – everything they like to eat they can grow and have fun and gain a sense of great achievement bringing to the table the best food in the neighbourhood!

Do your children like herbs? How about growing some parsley or thyme, rosemary and basil. These scrumptious aromatics can add yumminess to roast chicken stuffing or a basil based pesto for pasta.

Or even consider just filling an old stocking with sand and grass seeds so they can grow a Mr or Mrs potato head, or use the leftover egg shell after boiled eggs and insert some cotton wool. You don't have to just put grass seeds in, trying planting something they may not only like to trim (haircut!) but also eat - chives for instance. Children young and older LOVE seeing something grow.

Littlies Salad Garden

To begin some preparations and decisions need to be made. 

1. Garden Plot or Garden in Pots?

If you have a lot of possums and bandicoots in your yards, or limited space, you may want to think about planting your salad garden in a series of pots that can be covered over at night so these little munchers don’t have the pick of all growing before it’s big enough to eat. Small just sprouting plants taste great to these local furry residents. We grow our herbs in pots and just put a big bucket over them at dusk as we have found our resident possums just love our parsley.

If you think a garden plot will be alright for what you want to do then choose a spot in the yard where it will get enough sunlight to promote good growth but not so much that it will be too hot for your salad plants once Summer’s sun rises.

2. Soil Preparation 

Once you have decided on pots or a plot you need to make sure the soil itself will be healthy enough to feed all those growing youngster plants. A good compost bin works well here to mix in with the dirt and also some fertilisers – mum or dad or grandma and grandpa will have to do this bit for you – gloves and a mask are required. It’s also a good idea to let this new mixture sit in the soil for a day or two, watering and turning it over a few times prior to planting any seedlings or seeds. That way tender roots won’t come in contact with fertilisers that may burn them.

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You can also apply pellets of plant boosting food to pots, if that is what you have chosen to do. An adult to help is a good idea there too – you don’t want to put in too much and you need to work out what fertilisers will work best for what kinds of salad ingredients you want to grow.

You can probably help with the mulching – mulching is a layer over the top of the soil, in either some hay or some bark, that will protect the soil from blowing, feed it as well as it changes into compost itself, and keep water you spray, when watering your garden, in the soil a lot longer – very beneficial to your garden!

3. What to plant and How to plant it

Once you have prepared your soil make a list of what you want to grow and perhaps do a diagram as to how you will plant out your salad garden. 

Things that grow tall and on a trellis or supported by stakes, such as cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and capsicums, would look great at the back of the garden, where they will still get lots of sun. 

Smaller closer to the ground plants, like the herbs, will make an attractive and easy to reach border. 

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Lettuces in a row will grow best in the center of your plot, as will celery, and under the ground root vegetables with light green fluffy tops on either side of these will benefit from the sun overhead, while beetroots could go towards the back too, just before your capsicum/cucumber wall of green eatables. 

How about some baby carrots? Kids love carrots and if they're growing some sized just for them you may find them out there, sitting in the dirt, munching away.

Corn would grow best in a row by itself too - and could be used as a bit of a windbreak as it grows if you have a yard that gets a strong sea breeze like those that run in November.

A pot with some cherry tomatoes (so they don't spread everywhere else), a row of herbs, some cucumbers, maybe even a capsicum and they're away, and then waiting for the planting out, the watering, and checking on them night and morning to see if they're growing ok.

If you make your list, then do a drawing with your youngster, you will not only do what’s best for ensuring you get a good crop, you will also have a garden plot that looks good – or ‘good enough to eat’ if you will pardon the pun.

4. How to look after

Once everything is planted you need to keep an eye on your babies. Watering them well in the morning, and if it has been a hot day, an hour before dusk too, will stop them from wilting or not growing – plants get very thirsty too! 

Aim the hose towards the roots of the plant, not their leaves so much as water sitting on leaves under sun can scorch them – the roots is where they drink anyway – they don’t need too much elsewhere unless it has been dusty and you want to clean dirt off the leaves so they can get more sunlight to help them grow.

When and as they begin to grow, some plants will need some help standing up – this is where staking for tomato plants or a simple trellis or frame to help vine like plants such as capsicum and cucumbers stand or grow upright will need to be done.

If you have chosen pots to grow your salad garden in, you can still do this, just with smaller versions.

The other thing you need to do as your plants grow is keep and eye on their leaves – this is where the health of your salad vegetables shows – discolouration means something is growing wrong and you may need adjust their food. Perhaps too much fertiliser has been added by mistake and something else is needed to balance this out – or they may not be getting enough food from the soil, and something else needs to be added. 

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The other part about leaves is when they have gone brown and finished to gently pluck away those leaves.  That stops the plant sending everything needed to keep growing a leaf that has finished to that part of it and allows the plant to send, instead, all that good stuff to the parts still growing.

As your garden grows there may be a few weeds that pop up here and there, blown by the wind as seeds into this wonderful soil – these too will needed to be pulled out so they don’t take the food your salad vegetables need. It’s a good idea to pull these out soon after you have done the watering – the soil will be soft and it will make it easier to get the whole weed, roots and all, and that will stop them growing back.

These weeds and discarded leaves can go into your compost bin to become more food for future gardens!

5. The feast!

After around six weeks the first of your salad and barbecue and pasta ingredients will be ready to pick. It’s Yummo Time!

You may even be able to put a whole meal together – some pesto spaghetti, with a nice salad on the side, or some mushrooms stuffed with your own herb seasoning.

As we have suggested salad vegetables and herbs that will keep producing throughout these two seasons, as long as you pick the outer leaves of your lettuces, or the rip tomatoes, you should be able to bring something to the table until the end of Summer. We hope you have great fun with your very own Salad Garden and learn a little bit about all the nice things you like to eat this Spring and Summer. Bon Appetite! 

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Fairy Garden

If your children take their toys out into the garden to run them around in the dirt, making a few 'fairies' from ice cream sticks and bits of cloth and making a home for them amongst the native plants may be of interest this school holidays. After all, Cuddlepie and Snugglepot and the Banksia men wasn't all pure whimsy, our native plants and their flowers definitely have an essence and lend themselves to creating 'flower dolls' and fairies - why not make some little ones to put in among the plants or into the bole of a tree to keep them company while they're growing and getting ready to flower?

Details in miniature could easily be the theme for creating a fairy arbour or dinosaur range for youngsters in your own garden. Dedicating one corner, or the reclaimed space created by installing your own retaining wall, for a little magic, will provide enjoyment in the creation of this arbour, teach your youngsters about plants and soil and ‘how a garden grows’. This is where children can be really creative too; making fairy houses, paths and small dance circles, or, if you have boys who want a dinosaur garden – small caves, wide plains in miniature or even a jungle corner will create their own outdoors space and allow their imagination to dream up fairy stories or dino adventures!

A pond or birdbath is always a great idea for these areas too – many a fairy loves the soothing tinkling sound of water, and a water feature will also attract birds to this place in your garden – for flower nectar or to feed on Summer insects. 

You may want to consider installing a rainwater tank too – a long hot Summer is forecast and having reserves of this resource will benefit you and your garden.

Turning a corner of your yard into a Native plants garden, in the choice of plants from groundcover to shrubs, will establish bursts of colour year round and contrasts in foliage, reduce fertiliser used and water consumption, reduce weeds, are low maintenance (more time for child’s play!), produce habitat and food for native animals and look great.

Most Native Plant Garden landscape designers suggest allowing for three layers to attract native fauna and give a good scale look – groundcover, shrubs and canopy provided by trees. Planting in lines or keeping it too formal geometrically is not what you find in the bush either – so planting at irregular intervals will bring a bush garden into your own home. 

Before you commence planting it is a good idea to consider a few key points: the height and spread of plants at maturity, how you want the garden to look (layout), and what species will thrive best in your soil. Although our native plants are adapted best to this climate and soil types, they too do better with being mulched and fed.

Creating a fairy garden or dinosaur range is a great way to use broken pots, old birdhouses – discarded pebbles can be made into little paths that weave through undergrowth, make small fairy furniture from twigs, arches from great natives such as clematis that lend themselves to being 'sculpted' by little hands and will recover if they get tugged a little too much in the making.

For all your gardening needs we suggest you talk to the friendly trained staff at Johnson Brothers stores at Avalon, Mona Vale and Narrabeen where a wide range of everything you need at a family friendly price is always available and there are always trained friendly staff on hand to help you with what will work where in your garden.

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John and Bob Johnson - The Johnson Brothers Profile  John William Alfred Johnson - The Eulogies for those who could not attend Mass

Australia's Prime Minister Visits Mackellar - Informal Afternoon Tea with Hon. Malcolm Turnbull October 2016

JBH Win Awards August 2018 Trifecta - 2018 Free Trade Day supporters, Mitre 10 Heritage Advert features JBH Mona Vale Store, Hardware Australia’s 2018 NSW Hardware Store of the Year over 2500sqm.

Front Page Issue 294: 2018 Winners Of National Hardware Store Of The Year - Johnson Bros Mitre 10 Mona Vale !!!

National Garden Week's 2019 Focus Is On Children(Oct 13-19): School Holiday Garden Ideas (to get started on) & Congratulations Award Winning Johnson Brothers Mitre10 At Mona Vale - 2019 NSW Store Of the Year2019 NSW Trade Centre Of the Year and 2019 Village Garden Centre of the Year

Johnson Bros Mitre 10 were awarded as the best Trade Store in the country: February 2020

Family Hardware Store Wins Best In Australia: Johnson Bros Mitre 10 Mona Vale Crowned ‘National Trade Store Of The Year’ - Celebrating 65th Year in 2020

Anzac Day In Pittwater 2020: Candles, Crosses and Online Commemorative Services: Johnson Brothers Family Donates 20 Thousand Candles to Community Light Up The Dawn Initiativ

Front Page Issue 447ANZAC DAY 2020

Front Page Issue 478: Johnson Brothers Avalon Store Renovations & Mona Vale Store: Everything You Need This Summer In Stock

Front Page Issue 492:  JBH Celebrates Upgrade Of Avalon Beach Store

Bob, John and Robert Johnson, 2013 - photo by A J G.
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