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Issue Date Spring 2006
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Title Project Manager's Report
Author Ruth Mollison

It's time to get your seeds into tubes, if you haven't already done so! This round of the Growers Scheme has several interesting projects requesting plants from volunteer growers. For example, growers are propagating plants for the large grazing farm 'Murrayfields', owned by the aboriginal community and located on Bruny Island. Other project sites include a penguin rookery on the Derwent Estuary and Pipe Clay Lagoon in the north of the state.

Growing for projects is becoming a popular choice for members - please pass on any suggestions of suitable revegetation projects that are happening in your area, as we need sites across the state, to match up with local growers.

The feedback I have received from the Autumn growing season is that seeds were very slow germinating, although some species, notably lilies and buzzies, grew well. With this in mind, the next Autumn growing season will be focused on cuttings for `specialist' needs, such as saltbush for coastal or saline sites, or division of sedges/rushes for wetlands etc. There will also be a small range of winter good germinators.

The seedbank has again been depleted - which is a good thing as it means the seeds are being turned over quickly. However Please collect more seed this summer - we are always in need of more seed. The pickings look a bit slimmer this year, with the dry winter - there are noticeably fewer daisies and orchids appearing. As its coming up to the silly season - I would like to wish all members a jolly Christmas and a Happy seed picking New Year!

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