A great deal of time has been taken in preparing the ground over Winter for more Lemon Myrtle, Kunzea and Saltbush in the plantation. We are also looking to add 1000 Melaleuca ericifolia (lavender tea tree also called Rosalina), a new addition to our essential oil collection. The essential oil of this species has a distinct lavender note that goes with a more traditional eucalyptus-like smell of the other components of the oil. This oil can be used in a diffuser, oil burner, or in the bath to release its relaxing, refreshing, and calming aroma.
The ground has been extremely wet during November, so harvesting has been limited in the lemon-scented tea tree plantation. The Leptospermum petersonii (Lemon scented tea tree) is now in bud, soon the aromatic flowers will bloom attracting the birds and bees to the plantation.
We are now in the process of harvesting all of the honey from our 12 hives in preparation for the influx of Manuka Honey, we have now got an abundance of newly harvested farm honey which is now available online HERE
The reason that we get manuka honey here on Freshwater Farm is that Leptospermum petersonii is a very close cousin of the Leptospermum scoparium (manuka bush), which is native to New Zealand and Australia. The only real difference between the two is that the Manuka bush flowers more profusely. The manuka honey that we produce on the farm is small in supply and is used in our hugely popular Lemon Myrtle + Manuka Honey range.
Farmhand Ricky found an Eastern Rosella nesting in one of our old rotting fence posts this month, he made a containment line around the nest to give them some peace but managed to capture this beautiful image first! Yellow-tailed black cockatoos are also regular visitors to the farm, there has been a lot of Casuarina cunninghamiana (Australian beefwood) planted over the years at the farm as well as a lot of naturally occurring Casuarina glauca (swamp oak) which are a staple diet of the black cockatoos and generally attracts a lot of native birds. They are welcome guests at Freshwater Farm, even Frankie likes them!
We now have 11 cows on the property, given the sole job of keeping our paddocks under control, the grandkids just love them. The cows are getting lots of human contact, even hand feeding so that we can encourage them to clear the weeds throughout the plantation, luckily, they don’t like the taste of lemon myrtle! We do have to keep them out of the delicate low-lying regrowth of the tea-tree planation though as they may walk straight over it.