Candlebark Community Nursery will be closed from 3.30pm Friday, 22 December 2023 and reopen on Tuesday, 2 January 2024.  We wish all our members a wonderful, safe and happy Christmas and New Year.  We thank you for your support in 2023 and look forward to seeing you in 2024.


Candlebark May 2023 Plant Sale

The month of May is a great time to get into the garden, we have had some good rain
and the soil is still holding some warmth to get the tube stock settled in.
The Sale area will be clearly marked. The following list will
give you an indication of species.
Beautiful well established tube stock:
Arthropodium strictum, Patersonia occidentalis, Coprosma quadrifida, Dianella
tasmanica, Pultenaea daphnoides, Olearia varieties, Allocasuarina littoralis, Acacia:
dealbata, mearnsii, melanoxylon, stricta and ulicifolia. A good range of Eucalyptus
species for those who have space away from the house.
All of the plants for sale are clearly marked Tubes at $ 2.00 each.
All other Retail tubes will remain at $3.00 for members and $3.50 for Public. This is
great value. The Retail and Sale plants are a beautiful healthy stock.
SALE – FOUR SUNDAYS IN MAY – 7th 14th 21st & 28th
OPEN: 10am to 2pm
The nursery will be open as usual during May. However, the sale will be confined to
the four Sundays in May to ensure the Nursery can function as normal for the rest of
the month.

Frog bogs: Build it and they will come!

The frog bog today – four years after construction.

Frog bogs: Build it and they will come!

Have you heard our resident frog? Just months after the bog was completed in January 2018, frogs moved in and have lived there ever since. According to this video filmed soon after construction, the original frog was an Eastern Banjo Frog.

Recent recordings show that the new resident is an Eastern Common Froglet. These froglets are small (2-3cm) with skin of various shades of brown, and a low-pitched croak that is common around Melbourne throughout the year.

How to create your own bog

To attract frogs to your garden, you can easily build your own frog pond.

  1. Choose a location protected from hot sun and large amounts of falling leaves.
  2. Dig your hole and place in a liner or manufactured shell.
  3. Place sand or gravel in the bottom of the pond to help beneficial bacteria and secure your plants.
  4. Add rocks around the side of the pond to enable frogs to access your pond.
  5. Add plants to the pond. This can be done by placing weighted pots into the pond, or planting them in the pond’s gravel or soil. If planting them in the pond without pots, you’ll need to weigh them down with rocks or logs so they stay anchored.
  6. Plant plenty of plants around the pond, as well as placing mulch, logs, and rocks for a cool, shaded area for frogs to hide.
  7. Fill your pond with water and wait for frogs to arrive!

Maintaining your frog bog

Maintain your pond by removing fallen leaves and other debris, topping up water, and ensuring plants only take up one-quarter of the pond area.

Indigenous is best

Indigenous plants are best as they are preferred by local frogs. Use plants such as rushes, grasses and sedges. Other suitable plants include groundcovers or herbaceous plants, such as Desmodium gunnii (Slender Tick Trefoil), Craspedia veriabilis (Common Billy Buttons), Dichondra repens (Kidney Weed), Eryngium vesiculosum (Prickfoot), and many others.

Come in and see us for advice about the best plants for your new friends!

December 2021 newsletter

Candlebark Community Nursery has reopened to the vaccinated public after lockdown. Visitors to the nursery must have proof of COVID-19 vaccination status or a medical exemption as a condition of entry. We appreciate your support and patience, and thank you for being respectful to our staff.

Read our December 2021 newsletter with details of the upcoming AGM.

A variety of Acacia, Leptospermum, Viminaria juncea, and Callistemon sieberi are on sale for $1.00 each tube while stocks last. Come down to the nursery and say hello!