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Ferns are fierce feeders for cool corners
Australia's own native fern, Polystichum proliferum.
In the garden
Ferns are one of the oldest forms of
plant life. Fossil remains millions of
years old indicate that relatives of
present day ferns and their allies were
once the dominant form of vegetation.
In their natural habitat, they thrive in
organically enriched soils, which
retain moisture as well as supplying
nutrients. In the damp, more shaded
areas of the cool climate home garden,
similar conditions will maintain many
of the hardy ferns successfully for
Perhaps not surprisingly, ferns are
gross feeders and fertilisers are best
supplied as they are growing during
the warmer months. Blood and bone,
fish emulsion, seaweed plant foods
and other high-in-nitrogen
supplements are all suitable. Other
tasks are to maintain water supplies
and remove any dead fronds.
Among the native ferns, many of
which are both frost and sun hardy,
Polystichum, the mother shield fern,
along with Asplenium bulbiferum, the
hen and chicken fern, have an
attractive way of reproduction with
mature fronds producing smaller
plants on the tips.
The new fronds of the sun loving
prickly rasp fern Doodia aspera are
bright pink to red, adding to its
decorative value as an indoor plant.
The common fishbone water fern
Blechnum nudum is a rapid grower and
in good conditions will reproduce
from spores quite readily.
Hare's foot, descriptive of the hairy
surface roots, ferns Davallia pyxidata
make good basket plants while the
delicate maidenhair Adiantum
(A.formosum is frost hardy) is high on
interior decorators' lists.
The soft tree fern Dicksonia
antarctica is a majestic plant for a
dappled site sheltered from the wind,
Though ensure it will have room to
spread -- a mature trunk may reach as
much as 3-4 metres with fronds almost
as wide. The Rainforest Gully in the
National Botanic Gardens is a
drawcard for growers of native ferns.
Though suburban lawns
grow quickly at this time of
year, don't be tempted to give
them a crew cut. Removal of
anything more than half of the
top growth will expose
grassroots to the stress of
summer heat and drought -
invite burn-off and an entry for
Hill-up the soil around the
growing stems of potato plants
set out in September. It will
prevent any tubers from being
exposed to the light that turns
them green and poisonous to
eat. You should be able to
''bandicoot'' some new
potatoes in time for Christmas.
To avoid predators like
cockatoos, possums and the
steely eyes of local birds,
netting of fruit such as cherries;
breba, the early summer crop,
of figs, and the majority of
berry bushes, is a must. Protect
ripening strawberries with snail
Azalea lace-bug, which
disfigures the new foliage of
azaleas and rhododendrons;
along with mealy bug on
cactus and other ornamentals,
can be kept at bay with
preventative sprays or the
easier-to-use tablet form of
low toxic Confidor. However,
be aware this product is
strictly for ornamentals and
not edible crops.
Draft plan to
go on display
The draft master plan for Belconnen
town centre was launched on Monday,
Stage one of the community
engagement will run from November
11 to January 30 with displays in
Belconnen Library and at the
University of Canberra.
The council strongly encourages
people to be involved. More
information about theprocess is on
projects/studies/belconnen. You can
also contact us via an online feedback
form which is available at
The council's annual general
meeting takes place on Tuesday,
November 18, from 7.30pm in the
Belconnen Library's community
room, Chandler Street.
After voting, guest speakers from
Disability Confidence Canberra will
give a presentation on disability, on-
the-spot access to practical benefits
and tools, the ACT Inclusion Council
and ways to become disability
All are welcome to attend but voting
is restricted to eligible members.
People who reside, work or study in
Belconnenwill be eligible to vote on
ordinary motions at the meeting.
Those members eligible to vote or
nominate for the committee were
A list of candidates for the
committee will be viewable on
belcouncil.org.au from Wednesday.
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