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Blowout! Even Fartilizer Couldn’t Help

Well, strong winds have put paid to a lot of my experiment in growing seeds from Australian native plants, and even fartilizer couldn’t help.

Gale-force winds daily for pretty much the past week made life tough for the little seedlings on the patio at Kangaeroo Corner.

Watering, care, and even magical powders were not enough to save the golden everlastings, with one or two sickly looking seedlings barely hanging on and the rest returning to their organic origins. Two of the three desert peas that seeded were blown over and destroyed. They’ll get an Aussie garden burial anyway, in some form or another, so their role is not done yet.

Some of the plants in Kangaeroo Corner haven’t responded to the wonderful spring quite as hoped and I have gotten into the fertilizer and other forms of care.

I discovered ACID NATURE Otsuniwa, a business selling fertilizer low in phosphorus, which is important for Aussie native plants, and was delighted with their response, which was to send me the fartilizer pictured above.

I had always pondered over how I might be able to turn my talent for flatulence into fortune a la Le Pétomane and thought something like this might be a good opportunity for a new career, but ACID NATURE Otsuniwa worked out earlier how to package and sell the product. Oh, well….so it goes.

Seeing the literal blowout of the golden everlastings and desert peas as a learning experience, I’m going to keep the seeds sprouting in humidity pods inside the sheltered domes for as long as feasible.

The experiment could still turn out to be fantastic as there is a fairly large array of kangaroo paw growing. The outside kangaroo paw have so far failed to germinate. Native wisteria and dwarf wattle seedlings are also growing with gusto, so it hasn’t been a total failure. Far from it. A thoroughly enjoyable experience even if results haven’t been what I had initially dreamed. Otherwise, the garden still looks nice and I am really loving it. Our (Japanese) wisteria bloomed this year for the first time in three years, and it is a delight that even the wind hasn’t managed to blow away yet.