October 22, 2019

Vetiver Grass for Sale in Brisbane

Vetiveria zizanioides 'Monto'
Now that the harvest is proceeding I can begin to supply Vetiver slips so that they can be planted out before the onset of the cyclone season from February next year. If you suffer from erosion or wash out, now is the time to plant.
The recent rain makes it a good time to plant.
To order, please phone 0499 728 372 (or see contact details).
More information at the Vetiver Community Project, located here in Beachmere.

Introduction Packs:
  • 20 plants $15
  • 40 plants $30

October 15, 2019

Frustrated with Beachmere's Sandy Soil? Make Your Vegie or Herb Garden with Milk Crates

We made these today with a few basic materials. Milk crates work really well. Compact. Space efficient. I've been using milk crates for growing herbs for years. I'm not sure how these crates 'insult' each other but if they hugged, they could 'insulate' instead.

October 14, 2019

Changes in the Brisbane Airport flight path...over Beachmere.

That we live between 2 small airports (Redcliffe & Caboolture) makes for buzzing about above us -- especially helicopters -- is one of our locale's quirks.
But there may be more crowding our skies.
Check out the new runway tool for Brisbane airport:TOOL.

Screenshot below:

August 02, 2019

Sprinter Comes to the Kitchen Garden -- even in Beachmere

After a warmer than usual, a Climate Change, July gives way to August. It looks like we've had our serving of 'Winter'.
Here's a walk around the beds...now bordered by Vetiver hedges.
These hedges are cut for mulch.

July 18, 2019

Beachmere's Sesquicentenary

Karen Wallwork's History of Beachmere team say they have now "cut off" story acquisition and are heading into editing. 
Entitled "Beachmere - Then  and Now" we know everyone will be wanting their own copy.
 If you would like to get involved and help organise Beachmere's BIGGEST party EVER please get in touch. 
If you have organisational skills, community contacts or an interest in event planning, history or community, we urge you to get involved and make Beachmere's 150th Birthday Celebrations really amazing. Email info@bang.org.au or call 0456 818 017 or msg BANG thru facebook. 
The Celebrations are being planned for Mid May 2020.

The Climate We Live In

Great site for all the information you'll need for the 12 month climate view of your patch here in Brisbane 

Temperature

The warm season lasts for 3.8 months, from December 1 to March 26, with an average daily high temperature above 27°C. The hottest day of the year is January 22, with an average high of 28°C and low of 22°C.
The cool season lasts for 2.8 months, from June 1 to August 26, with an average daily high temperature below 22°C. The coldest day of the year is July 29, with an average low of 10°C and high of 20°C.
Use the icon at the top of the page to  switch to metric if necessary

July 12, 2019

Stingrays at Beachmere

Our local lens in the sky looks down upon the stingrays that visit every day with the incoming tide.

References and more info on local stingrays here.

July 11, 2019

Bungwall Fern

With a ready supply of oysters, poultry, dugong, fish, crab , kangaroo, turtle and more  the starchy mainstay of the Gubi Gubi peoples, on whose land resides Beachmere, was the Bungwall Fern.
With so much real estate about, and our sand dune habitat, there aren't many moist niches left for this fern to prosper in the Beachmere neighborhood.
But look to the base of the Malaleucas... and remember that these ferns were tucker for thousands of years.
The images are of one cluster of Bungwall that I've found in the Conservation Park on Bishop Rd.

Cormorants at Beachmere

For reasons that are probably healthy, a large flock of Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) has moved into Beachmere's shores.
Anecdotally, too, there seems more pelicans about.
Let's keep these birds happy in their fly in AirBnB.
Keep your distance. Keep dogs on leash. Take care with your fishing gear hooks and line.

July 03, 2019

Good Year for Warrigal Greens

You cannot say that Warrigal Greens cover the sand at our feet like a carpet, but they're there along the shoreline sprouting forth at any opportunity.
And today heralds  a good year for them.
The clumps are already large -- and there are many of them.
When you are next out walking the coast drop your eyes every now and then. Maybe crouch down to examine these plants which are seriously edible.

The Curse of the Sheoak

Nothing matches the murmur of the wind through a grove of Sheoaks. Indeed, Coastal Sheoak (Casuarina equisetifolia) may be the most common tree in Beachmere bush areas and along the coastline.