Watch this Movie on Seeding Node Soil Preparation
The Friends of Mt Majura (FoMM) newest and exiting project aims to reintroduce native forbs (herbaceous species other than grass) including rare, endangered, and native food species to the grassy woodlands of the Mt Majura Nature Reserve using direct seeding techniques from seeding nodes.
Past management of Mt Majura such as car racing, cattle and sheep grazing, horse cross-country riding and horse holding resulted in compacted soil, clearing of native vegetation, weed infestations and the loss of the great diversity of herbaceous plants that are typical of a healthy Yellow Box – Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodland which once covered the lower slopes of the mountain.
Mt Majura is affected by heavy grazing pressure from kangaroos, so it is difficult to revegetate with standard planting practices. Yet, direct seeding techniques have proven to work in areas that are grazed. Thus, this project objective is to create Seeding Nodes which we hope will repopulate the surrounding areas via natural seed dispersal.
What’s (in) the plot? Four 10m x 20m plots* located on the lower west-slopes of Mt Majura were deep-soil ripped to allow water penetration and root growth and fenced to exclude excessive grazing (some grazing will occur). Half of each plot is planted with local forbs at a high-density rate (4 plants/m2) and recruitment of plants will be monitored in spring over the next couple of years.
Seed bank managers of Greening Australia (GA) and the Australian National Botanical Garden have been consulted to determine the appropriate provenance of species to be planted and GA propagated the seedlings. Due to drought conditions over the past years, some species originally planned for the seeding nodes had been not available for propagation; we hope to add those at a later stage.
Once established the seeding nodes will act as a ‘Noah’s Arc’ of species, providing seeds for other parts of the Mt Majura nature reserve.
Project details in brief
Project management: Molonglo Conservation Group in conjunction with FoMM
Funding: Federal Environment Department grant, FoMM, and Edwina and Ian (private sponsors)
Location: nature reserve east of The Fair, North Watson and east of Rivett Street, Hackett
Seeding node plots: four new, one existing 20m x 10m plots;
Preparation: deep-soil ripping with yeoman plough, fencing, pre-drilling of planting holes;
Plant propagation: Greening Australia
Planting, maintenance and monitoring: FoMM volunteers
List of Species (planted in July and August 2020)
Bulbine bulbosa, Bulbine Lily
Calocephalus citreus, Lemon Beauty Heads
Glycine tabacina, Glycine Pea
Leucochrysum albicans, Hoary Sunray
Microseris walteri, Murnong or Yam Daisy
Rutidosis leptorhynchoides, Button Wrinklewort
Vittadinia muelleri, Narrow-leaved New Holland Daisy
Wahlenbergia communis, Native Bluebell
Wahlenbergia stricta, Tall Bluebell
Xerochrysum viscosum, Sticky Everlasting
Movie “Soil preparation”: Lisa Jokinen
Photographs on this page: W. Pix, Mt Majura nature reserve
Planting of the first seeding node at The Fair, 28th July 2020 by the Mondays @ The Fair crew
Further planting activities: tba