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 milking shed from the old farmhouse.
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.
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.
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.
Pots of asparagus from our seeds.
Corn grows really well here, this crop was unfortunately flattened during a freak storm we had here a couple of years ago.
Love to grow garlic, but never seem to plant enough.
Rocket that has gone to seed, we like to let everything flower and collect as many seeds as we can.
Harvest of basil, parsley, tomatoes and silverbeet.
Snow peas and free ranging pumpkin.
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.
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.
Establishing a nectarine tree.
Bananas, citrus, figs, bell chillies, pineapples and nasturtiums.
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.
Khol rabi leaves, lemongrass, cos lettuce and silverbeet.
Outdoor shower – slowing growing plants all around.