The first step in the plantation process is walking the land to ensure deep, rich soil is selected for a high grade, native Australian Medicinal Honey Forest.
Gather By’s regenerative model relies on landholders volunteering their land to plant Leptospermum – a native Australian plant that makes Gather By’s honey so special. The images below illustrate the Gather By team exploring the land at Boolambyte – a lush, green town nestled amongst the Northern Rivers of NSW.
Our team loves this preliminary stage of planting, as are given the opportunity to discover new places and build friendships with like-minded individuals, who are also passionate about making a profit whilst restoring the environment – not destroying it.
March 2015, Myall Lakes, the first planting of seedling stock.
In preparing the land, the Gather By team has to ensure that the seedlings are put in an environment where they can blossom to their full potential. Unfortunately, a huge threat to this is kikuyu grass, which is an invasive pest that interconnects underground and takes all the vital nutrients out of the plants around it. In order for these plants to blossom, the Gather By team has to implement necessary yet environmentally friendly measures to get rid of the kikuyu grass while ensuring minimal harm is caused to the leptospermum, surrounding plants, and to the bees. We found it beneficial to use organic pelargonic acid combined with the use of weed mats as you can see from the images below. The weed mats were put down early in the planting process with pelargonic acid to cut out light to start the first of bioregion plantings.
With the help of individuals, like Gavin Smith, we were able to connect with new people and we were able to bring in volunteers who shared our passion for bush regeneration and conservation. This was our first volunteering session, which has become an integral part of the Gather By model.
Gather By prides itself on its talented, experienced and hardworking employees and volunteers, such as Gavin Smith, who owns the property where we planted our first seedlings. Gavin used his permaculture background and passion for bush regeneration to help us get the ball rolling. Pictured next to Gavin is co-founder of Gather By, Jenna, whose expertise is crucial in the planning of planting in our various bioregions Her talent is depicted in the images below, with various maps illustrating the complexity of the planting process.
To make our medicinal honey, Gather By must plant these seedlings at the right time of the year, which is typically in Autumn or Spring. A lot of care and love goes into making sure these seedlings will be planted at the right time to maximise their growth potential.
The pictures below show the propagated plants that are ready to be planted