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Olive dig results

Postby Matt S » July 30th, 2017, 10:34 pm

Today the S.A. Bonsai Society held a dig in the Onkaparinga Gorge National Park. We'd been given permission for the day to remove Olives and if the ranger is happy we'll have access for future digs. The dig was well attended, the weather held nicely and there were countless numbers of trees to choose from. The theme of the day was to be really fussy and only take one or two good trees rather than a bootload of mediocre stock. After lugging my tree back up the gorge I was glad I only took one. Here it is:

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This tree is at the upper limit of the size I prefer. I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to lift it when it's eventually in a pot, but that's a problem for the future. Right now it's soaking in seasol and tomorrow I'll plant it in something big.

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Re: Olive dig results

Postby CraigM » July 31st, 2017, 12:35 am

Nice tree
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Re: Olive dig results

Postby no idea » July 31st, 2017, 5:16 am

gotta be one happy chappy :tu:
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Re: Olive dig results

Postby squizzy » July 31st, 2017, 7:52 am

That's a great result Matt

I can see a great tree in that. Well selected.

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Re: Olive dig results

Postby Hal » July 31st, 2017, 8:23 am

That's a rare gem Matt. Well scored.
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Re: Olive dig results

Postby melbrackstone » July 31st, 2017, 8:30 am

Looks like a great tree to collect!

Do you mind my asking what sort of conditions you were given? Did you have to clear away all the debris including branches that you cut off? Fill in the holes and cover with leaf mould? Things like that can help the rangers be convinced you're welcome to come back?

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Re: Olive dig results

Postby Nate.bonsai » July 31st, 2017, 9:14 am

Nice. You don't need to take more trees when you get one that nice


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Re: Olive dig results

Postby Matt S » July 31st, 2017, 11:30 am

Do you mind my asking what sort of conditions you were given? Did you have to clear away all the debris including branches that you cut off? Fill in the holes and cover with leaf mould? Things like that can help the rangers be convinced you're welcome to come back?


Before the dig we had to meet up and get signatures from all attendees agreeing to the Terms and Conditions.
Spray our boots with metho before entering the park.
Fill in the hole afterwards.
Pile all the leftover branches into common piles for the rangers to dispose of (This is the first time we've been asked to do this, usually we use the branches to cover the hole).
Remove olives only.

Olives are an invasive species so removing them isn't usually a problem, the rangers are more concerned with damage to the park and public liability issues. Once the club was able to talk to the right people we were able to negotiate a deal fairly quickly.

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Re: Olive dig results

Postby melbrackstone » July 31st, 2017, 11:36 am

It's great that you were able to meet up with the right people to get in there to do the dig, well done! I'm sure the rangers would have been over the moon to have responsible people handling the digging too. I suspect they have to take out all the left over branches in case they take root sitting on the ground, would be much safer knowing they've all been disposed of, I guess!

Congrats, great result. :)
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Re: Olive dig results

Postby Grainer » July 31st, 2017, 2:59 pm

nice tree mate and good work doing the dig with the rangers.
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Re: Olive dig results

Postby Graeme » August 9th, 2017, 5:55 pm

Except for the metho, they were the conditions I had to comply with over 20 years ago, so it's good to see the system standing up to the passage of time.
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