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Habitat Gardens in Hobsons Bay - Workshop 1 - Shared screen with speaker view
Ana
29:35
thank you so much for putting this on for us
Kat@My Smart Garden
31:21
Ana we’re so grateful that residents like you are willing to give this a go! Welcome
Kat@My Smart Garden
36:53
Newport Lakes Native Nursery is where your plants will be coming from for this program
Kat@My Smart Garden
48:25
Remember you can pop any questions in here as we go, and I’ll go through them with Chiara at the end
Christine H
50:12
I have a water pipe going through the area I want to work on - so will be looking for advice on how to work around that :)
Christine H
50:25
Water = sewerage
benta_1r85cv1
53:02
We have a 10m claret ash tree that creates a lot of shade. Can you recommend something for this area. We found a gecko in our garden last week we were very excited!
Clare Ozolins
54:30
Are there any council regs about having trees on the front fence line? I’m looking at working on my front garden and we’d like some screening from the street but wondering about maintenance over the footpath
Sally
56:24
Any council restrictions for ponds?
Mariam
56:31
what kind of maintenance is required for frog bogs?
benta_1r85cv1
56:51
I assume the frogs eat mosquitos? If you create a frog bog and the frogs don't come do you have a mosquito problem with all the water?
Kat@My Smart Garden
57:09
Great questions! Keep em coming
Zara
59:08
I live around 500m from Skeleton Creek, is it possible it encourage a safe place for frogs so far away?
Hannah - Hobsons Bay City Council
59:23
Pond regulations in VictoriaAccording to the Victorian Building Authority barriers are required around pools and spas that have potential to hold more than 300mm (30cm) water. However, as stated on this websitehttps://www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/swimming-pools/pool-safety-barriers fish ponds (we'll assume that include frog ponds) are not required to have barriers by law. Of course we would encourage you to design a child safe pond regardless, especially if children live at or visit your property. The most common strategies are fencing or installing a sheet of strong wire over the pond.
Kat@My Smart Garden
59:32
Mr Cackles!!
Christine H
01:00:24
Are snakes a problem for you Chiara?
dallasbudde
01:00:29
One reptile you haven’t mentioned is snakes! Have you had any issues with them any more than your non-native planting neighbours?
Zara
01:00:37
Also what is the name of Nursery in Mount Evelyn that was mentioned that is good for different types of dwarf flowering gums?
Mariam
01:00:47
We have blackbirds that make a mess of the soil throwing it out onto existing pathways. Is there something that keeps them happy but also saves us sweeping daily?!
Sally
01:03:55
Interested in design tips for small dog and garden to coexist happily
Mariam
01:05:51
aside from planting natives what else can we do to deter Indian mynas?
Clare Ozolins
01:09:02
We keep European honey bees in the backyard, will they deter native bees in what we hope will be our lovely habitat front garden?
Vicki Tyrrell
01:09:11
Thanks Chiara, that was great. Definitely want a frog bog now! My brother has pet blue tongues and a land care property, with only endemic plants, which he grows from seed. And a wild life carers licence.
Mariam
01:09:35
how do you balance encouraging butterflies with the caterpillars munching on all your veggies?!
Kat@My Smart Garden
01:11:38
blue banded bees also come to my tomatoes!
dallasbudde
01:12:51
Thanks Chiara
Zara
01:12:57
Thanks Chiara!
Mariam
01:13:00
thank you!
Clare Ozolins
01:13:02
Thank you Chiara!
Ana
01:13:10
that was great!
KunduS
01:13:19
Thank you Chiara!
Stuart
01:13:48
loving the blue band bee's
Clare Ozolins
01:16:28
Oh awesome to have high quality photos … I’ve been trying to figure out best way to get scope of my space :D
Kat@My Smart Garden
01:18:07
Yes Clare, it’s a huge shortcut! You can just trace the outline of the site, house, canopies of large trees etc.
Helen M
01:20:36
There are a lot of cats in our area, interested in tips for keeping them away and protecting the animals.
Jamie Bishop
01:31:02
Chiara, what direction does your backyard face?
Chiara Perri
01:33:09
predominantly north facing. Backyard gets the sun in the morning and my front yard gets the brunt of the heat in the afternoon on the west side.
Kat@My Smart Garden
01:37:05
Putting some time into your site analysis and sharing it with Sanchia (ie. not just giving her a design) is going to really help you get the right advice! All this information also limits your choices and makes the process simpler.
Zara
01:41:15
I have clay :-(
Christine H
01:41:24
Sanchia is mushroom compost good?
Chiara Perri
01:42:14
so did I, not any more, from plants and mulch. I could have made pottery with my soil, it was horrible, now it is soft soil, filled with worms
Kat@My Smart Garden
01:42:38
Clay has lots of advantages too! Holds more water and nutrients than sand. Just needs a bit of love (ie. organic matter)
Zara
01:44:06
awesome, thanks, we were going to get a rotary hoe and break it up to prep the soil first- would this still be more advantageous for more plant types to thrive?
Zara
01:44:22
along with compost etc
Kat@My Smart Garden
01:44:46
If you’re planning a habitat garden on the nature strip, here are the guidelines for Hobsons Bay. No permits required! https://www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Services/Trees-Nature-Strips/Nature-strip-landscaping-guidelines
Clare Ozolins
01:45:09
Same process for a lawn that is full of weeds?
Kat@My Smart Garden
01:46:29
Zara rotary hoes can damage clay soil (especially if the soil is too moist). I’d recommend aerating it gently with a garden folk - happy to give more advice in Q&A or by email :)
Zara
01:46:39
great thanks!
Christine H
01:47:17
Thanks Kat - do you recommend a gardener who can do it?
Kat@My Smart Garden
01:48:14
Council doesn’t recommend specific businesses Christine, but you’re welcome to ask our guests for their recommendations :)
Alexandra Wake
01:50:03
How are the grasses for asthma
Alexandra Wake
01:52:37
I’m more concerned about the various cats from the neighbours
Chiara Perri
01:53:47
you can talk to council about hiring a cat trap to trap the cats
Zara
01:56:53
Thanks Sanchia!
Clare Ozolins
01:57:08
Talk to your neighbours about the cats. I have always had cats and I’m always conscious of their impact on the environment and the neighbours. Talk to your neighbours before you get cat traps in.