So, it was a different day in the office for me today and a lovely one at that.
In spite of a bad case of hay fever with my nose running a massive marathon from the word go this morning and violent sneeze attacks which startled (and maybe frightened off) some of my work colleagues planting around near me…. it was a beautiful day to be out and about. Only drawback was my terribly runny nose which kept me from being more sociable with folks around me 🙁
It was the perfect weather to put seedlings into the ground and with a light breeze and not too sunny, the day was just fantastic. Great views overlooking Murray Lagoon and with the changing light in the sky it went from a soft pastel blue to gorgeous baby boy blue. We were even fortunate to have a fairly large wedge tailed eagle soar majestically over us at the start of the morning.
The goal was to plant 6900 seedlings between 9am – 4pm today. We hope these seedlings will do well and propagate over the years to come, increasing the native vegetation coverage and hopefully also help correct the salinity of the wetlands around.
It was my first ever tree planting experience and I was nervous, hoping I would be able to do it correctly. Most of the participants have been at other tree planting sessions before. There are normally teams of 3 people, one makes a hole in the ground with a special tool, someone follows behind with a tray of seedlings – dropping them beside the hole – and the third person comes behind to remove the seedling from the tube and places (plants) it into the hole.
I started as a ‘dropper’ but after about half a dozen trays, my shoulders and biceps were hurting….I knew I didn’t have the strength to be a ‘hole maker’ so I progressed to planting….after several hundred plants I think I will have some soreness in the hamstrings in the next couple of days 🙁
There was some really pretty scenery around as the sun came out, we were mostly too busy to take a lot of it in though.
Some of the plants from previous planting days. It will be interesting to see how many of the plants we put in today make it and how quickly they will grow here.
The fencing is to protect the seedlings through the initial critical growth period. Kangaroos, possums and wallabies love fresh seedlings but these ones need to be established so that they can propagate and then the fencing will be removed.
All in all it was a fabulous day ‘in the office’ and I am so very grateful that I live in such a beautiful environment.