(L-R)Kane Franklin, Dennis Simpson and Chris Simpson cleaning wattle seed at a recent seed cleaning morning at the Weddin Community Wildplant Nursery.Seed cleaning is continuing on a regular basis at the Weddin Community Wildplant Nursery in preparation for plant propagation in spring.
The next seed cleaning morning will take place on Wednesday July 25 at the nursery site at TAFE Western’s Grenfell College, from 9.30am to 1pm.
Seeds from local native trees, shrubs, wildflowers (forbs) and grasses have been collected by the nursery group over the past two years and kept in storage until the nursery was established.
In the field, it is the fruit of the plant that is collected, with the seeds inside it. There are various forms of ‘fruits’, including for example woody capsules, pods (eg wattles) or fleshy fruits.
The seeds then have to be extracted (cleaned) from the mature fruits after collection.
Once cleaned the seeds are put into sealed plastic bags, labelled and put into the nursery’s seedbank, ready to be sown in spring.
If you would like to find out more about the community nursery, the TAFE course in Conservation and Land Management running next semester, or seed cleaning and other nursery activities, please contact Mikla Lewis on 6349 1201 or Brian Johnson at Grenfell TAFE on 6349 1000.
We welcome new participants.
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