Clearing grass prior to planting a tree
Over the last week the team have planted around 400 trees up on the top section of the property. And, of course, this is not a monocrop planting – but a mix of 18 different types of trees, all planted in an area of about 15 x 100 metres.
For your interest, here’s a list of what’s been planted:
- bunya pine (nut, timber)
- casuarina (nitrogen, phosphorus accumulator)
- corderline palm (understory)
- crows ash (timber)
- custard apple (fruit)
- davidson plum (fruit)
- flame of the forest (support species)
- native frangipani (support species)
- goya (pioneer species)
- gremma (pioneer species)
- icecream bean (fruit, nitrogen)
- jackfruit (fruit, timber)
- jacobs ash (timber)
- lilly pilly (fruit)
- red cedar (timber)
- silky oak (timber)
- white cedar (support species)
- white fig (support species)
A good green manure mix has also been seeded between the saplings – including vetch, white lupin, mixed pea and singapore daisy.
The affectionately named ‘funky forest’ has been planted on a flat section where they’ll catch rainwater runoff from the top road. At the moment they’re also being watered by gravity-fed sprinkler from the top tank to ensure they get a good start.
In this region these saplings would be about $5 each, so about $2,000 in total. But, here they were all planted from collected seeds that have started their life in the Zaytuna nursery. The value of natural capital here is fantastic, and the return on investment huge – not just in fruit and timber, but in the many other services trees provide.
a hole gets dug
the tree is planted and mulched
Geoff looks out over the ‘funky forest’