7th April 2018
Granite; Grail or Graveyard
This meeting will focus on plants growing on the Granitic soils west of
Meet at Jenny and Ralph Vine’s property 1638 Maulbrooks
Road Mogendoura at 10.30am
the various descriptions of the word “Grail”, one traditional meaning was a
stone with miraculous powers that provide sustenance in infinite abundance. A
number of our members garden on soil derived of granitic rock. These soils vary
in their productivity, ability to absorb and hold water, and susceptibility to
erosion. Granitic soils are generally sandy in structure and low in fertility.
However the range of plants growing naturally on Moruya granites is quite
extensive. We might just learn a little about rocks at this meeting, as Ralph,
a geologist, has agreed to discuss this topic.
will show us around her garden, established on a dry ridge over 25 years ago.
The trials associated with trying to establish favourite garden plants are
many. Plants here must cope with dry to very dry soil conditions most of the
After a look around the garden, and a
walk down to the creek at the bottom of the block, (optional for those who
might find the steepness a bit daunting) we will drive along Maulbrooks Road,
stopping along the way to investigate the varied flora.
on what we find, and of course time, we intend to have a look also at a gully
area where conditions are somewhat cooler, and the flora quite different.
BYO morning tea
and lunch, and a camp stool or chair in case convenient rocks are not available.
clothing and shoes for wandering around on soils which can be slippery due to
the roads we will traverse are unmade, but generally suitable to 2wd vehicles
Note also that dogs are not
permitted at APS activities.
Directions to Jenny and Ralph Vine.pdf