GREEN THUMB: Calliope Garden Club member David Williams shows a bloom from his Leichhardt Tree at the talk on Saturday.
GREEN THUMB: Calliope Garden Club member David Williams shows a bloom from his Leichhardt Tree at the talk on Saturday. Paulette Flint

Got frogs in your pond?

KEEPING the frogs in and the toads out of the backyard pond can be a hassle.

But the Calliope Garden Club learned all of the tips and tricks on Saturday thanks to a visit from Queensland Frog Society guest speaker Bethlea Bell.

Club members learned everything from frog species, sizes and sounds to how to make their backyard ponds more attractive to frogs.

Club member David Williams said he learned a great deal from the talk.

"Frogs are great not only because it's nice to have them in your pond but they eat the insects...including mosquitoes," he said.

One tactic of keeping toads out but giving frogs access includes shade cloth and chicken wire.

"Not the chook wire, but the smaller chicken wire," Mr Williams said.

"Toads are bigger but they can get through the chook wire, but most are too big to get through the smaller chicken wire like the frogs can."

Another way to keep toads out was to strategically, but decoratively, place pots around the pond leaving gaps small enough for frogs to get through but not toads.

"Frogs are attracted to plenty of greenery, so it's important to make sure your pond is surrounded by plants and flowers to keep it looking pretty," Mr Williams said.

Mr Williams took a flower from his Leichhardt Tree at his acreage in Calliope to the talk.

"The Leichhardt tree is a pretty plant but usually found more north of here," he said.

"It's quite common in Rockhampton scrub areas; it produces spiky flowers and fruit.

"But the fruit is virtually tasteless."

Calliope Garden Club meets monthly with different guest speakers and excursions to members' gardens.

The May meeting will be held at the garden of Erin Purkis, at Yarwun.



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