Creating a Food Forest

One of our great passions is gardening. We have been nurturing our land, an old dairy farm. We are continually adding organic material and starting to create a food forest.  Always environmentally conscious we are learning to tread lightly and use sustainable permaculture principles. The following photo gallery tells the ongoing seasonal story.

looking down at the old milking shed from the farmhouse

Looking down at the milking shed from the old farmhouse.

 

Veggies

In the home paddock outside the old stables that we use as our shed and workshop, we have several garden beds for veggies, this one shows spring seedlings of silverbeet, kale, zucchini, radishes and plenty of weeds.

Chickens in the citrus orchard

Mother hen with her chicks in the citrus orchard, she laid her eggs in the ferns quite close to the house, and surprised us with 12 chicks of all colours.

Mulberries

Before moving to Limpinwood we lived on a bush block in the Blue Mountains, this Mulberry tree is a cutting I brought with us, one of the only ones the goats have eaten.

Mulberries and asparagus seedlings

Pots of asparagus from our seeds.

Corn

Corn grows really well here, this crop was unfortunately flattened during a freak storm we had here a couple of years ago.

leeks zucchini boy choy

 

garlic

Love to grow garlic, but never seem to plant enough.

Rocket flowers

Rocket that has gone to seed, we like to let everything flower and collect as many seeds as we can.

garlic harvest

Garlic

Homegrown food

Harvest of basil,  parsley, tomatoes and silverbeet.  Snow peas

Snow peas and free ranging pumpkin.

apples

We thought the climate was too warm for apples, but we picked up a couple of tropical varieties from Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery that only need a short amount of chill time, and they seem to be doing well.

Organic matter

Continually mulching garden beds. Our soil is heavy clay, and had no organic material added to it, we are constantly adding organic material. Compost bins full of weeds and kitchen scraps are vital,  as is bedding and manure from our chooks and goats, cow pats from the paddock, sand, silt and leaves from the dam, raked mango leaves, local wood chips from fallen branches and trees, any organic material we can find to improve our soil.

nectarines

Establishing a nectarine tree.

bananas bell chillies nasturtiums citrus

Bananas, citrus, figs, bell chillies, pineapples and nasturtiums.

beans

sunflower

corn

lavender
grow your own

I’ve discovered I really only have great success with cherry tomatoes, other varieties seem to suffer from fungus in the soil and other diseases, and as we use only organic methods its a battle.

greens

Khol rabi leaves, lemongrass, cos lettuce and silverbeet.

beans

radish flowers

Radish flowers.

snow peas

Snow peas.

fennel seeds

Fennel.

outdoor shower

Outdoor shower – slowing growing plants all around.