Finishing up in Springston for the day, volunteers planted another 450 plants at Brian and Robyn Patchetts’ organic Greendot. Instead of spraying in preparation for planting, Brian had cultivated the soil with a rotary hoe. Brian’s Greendot is two years old and this year he is doing a bit of experimentation with his new seedlings. He is trialling a small batch of cardboard plant guards as an alternative to the plastic ones he has used in the past. He also had a few volunteers add mycorrhizal fungi to some specially marked plants, which should help them to absorb nutrients and result in increased growth.
The Greendot landowners were presented with a plaque to place on their fence so that visitors and passers-by can see that their site is a Te Ara Kākāriki Greendot. There are now over 60 of these Greendots in Selwyn, so be sure to keep an eye out for them. The trust thanks the main 2018 funders: the Selwyn District Council, the Ministry for the Environment, and Central Plains Water for enabling the greendot restoration programme to be such a success.