Finding treasure in the garden is not an everyday occurrence. Back in the early 1990s when gardening we came upon what we thought could be buried treasure. It turned into a digging frenzy. But it was only part of an old boat. It must have been easier to bury it rather than take it to the local waste facility.
It is Spring in Queensland, Australia, and a great time for gardening. We have had more than our usual rainfall for this time of the year. Thus, our lawn had turned into a beautiful shade of green. The birds sing every morning. A soft mellow tinkling tune apart from the Kookaburra’s that create a cacophony that wakes up the neighbourhood. At least they are not stationary. They move around and share their laughter with our neighbours a few blocks away.
While it is wonderful living next to bushland (31 hectares) we do have the Brush Turkey frequent our garden. They are a protected species of native bird in Australia. The Brush Turkey is not an attractive bird but it has its place in the eco system. As long as it does not decide to make our back garden its home. It is not the type of treasure I like to find in my garden.
Should we feed Brush Turkey’s?
Eventhough the Queensland State Department of Environment tells us not to feed the Brush Turkeys, some people believe they are doing them a favour by feeding them. However, they should be encouraged to forage and find their own food. One of our nearby neighbours leaves out seed for birds. This attracts the Brush Turkey to their garden. And unfortunately to our garden. The Brush Turkey’s are so appreciative of our neigbour’s putting out seed they decided to make their home there – next door to us.
The Brush Turkey Mound
The male Brush Turkey builds the incubation mound for the female eggs. It takes an enormous amount of work building and maintaining the mound. A home for his new offspring. Once built it will be used for years to come! The mound is usually about 1 metre high and 2-4 metres long. Therefore, a lot of leaf litter is required for the mound. Hence, we had to reinforce four garden beds after the Brush Turkey decided the leaf litter in our garden is just what he wanted.
But not deterred, after our garden mulch was unavailable, the Brush Turkey headed off and visited another neighbour. He dragged out the garden mulch across our neighbour’s lawn towards the mound. When we drove home one day, to discover the damage to our neighbour’s property, the mulch was half way across the roadway.
Intruders in our garden
Apart from the Brush Turkey intruders we have chickens. They belong to another nearby neighbour. Even though the chickens have over three acres of land to wander around they love to visit our place. I do love chickens but I do not like what they can do, in a short space of time, to the garden. After taking the photo below I gave them a gentle nudge to move them along.
What else do we find in our garden?
This time of the year our daylily’s are flowering. We have a number of new varieties that we introduced to our garden over a year ago. They only flower for a day. But there are multiple buds so the flowering continues.
It is best to take off the whithering flower (dead heading) the following day. While it is not necessary it does help to maintain a vibrant and healthy plant.
Finding treasure in the garden
It is not often we find treasure in the garden. We can treasure our plants and flowers but I am talking about ‘real’ treasure. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned people into treasure hunters. They didn’t go far, just out to the back garden and start digging. There have been a number of significant archaeological discoveries due to the pandemic.
I have been gardening, Spring weather is perfect for it. I did not expect to find any treasure, but I did! I bent down to fix a garden edge and to my suprise there was my gold earring (one of my favourite’s) I had lost over two years ago.
If I pass by your house soon and I see you in the garden, I’ll know what you are doing. You are finding treasure in the garden. At the very least looking around and hoping.