milestone

By robynjay On April 6th, 2017

In the process of weeding and re-vegetating 3 acres of land, I often wonder if I’m ever going to get on top of things. There’s just not enough hours available… or energy.

So today, with a cool autumn breeze blowing, it was with relief that I looked down over around 600 square metres of land 99.9% free of creeping succulent and snake weed. I’m over half way with it – just the top section to go, but I’m pleased to say that it’s under control and not at risk of escaping further. It’s a challenge though; every piece of root and runner sprawling out under thick forest mulch as the potential to re-infest. Lucky I have helpers!

Before:

After:

Now to get rid of the ‘nuclear waste’!

My reward? I’m off to Kumbartcho Nursery. It’s time to start planting.

 

all at sea

By robynjay On March 22nd, 2017

In 2016 we received a grant of $750 from the Moreton Bay Regional Council to purchase 500 tubestock trees for our revegetation project here at Hyde Rd. With the summer being so very hot and dry I’ve been waiting for rain and cooler weather before getting stuck into things; at least the former has now arrived.

So I’ve been down removing snake weed in preparation for the 1st stage of planting but to be honest I’m feeling a bit lost with where to start. Firstly the patch is on a hillside. I’m very conscious of erosion and how heavy rain will flow down the hillside. I know I need to design the planting to compensate, but how?

Secondly, I really don’t want to use weedicide. I do however need to grapple with weed competition around the plantings. Without spending a fortune I’m looking at a combination of weedmat and mulch but there may be a better way.

Thirdly I’m unsure about spacing of plants and also how to scatter different types of plant across the area – in clumps?, totally scattered?

Fourthly I’m hoping from advice from the nursery when I select the plants. Its a hot, dry hill, the soil varies and there’s a strip on the border of the forest that gets more shade. What on my list will do well?

Of the 500 to plant probably only 100 will go in this space so there’s a long and winding road ahead. Feeling just a tad overwhelmed at this point in time. Some support from the funding body would have been good or access to a support network in the very least.

 

hidden gems

By robynjay On March 14th, 2017


I’m slowly clearing the house yard of scraggly and out-of-place plantings. I’ve had for example, a continual stream of happy people collecting tubfuls of aloe vera; a plant or two is great but a 4 x 3m patch is overkill!

As a result, we’re slowly filling spaces with suitable natives, and we’re also uncovering some hidden gems. What a joy to find these gorgeous orchids up by the side fence. I’d love an ID if anyone is an orchid expert!

Next on my list (#WIWL) is about 3 truckloads of forest mulch but some cooler weather is also needed before I attempt to spread it. Its hard work out there this time of year!

what a difference a rain makes

By robynjay On March 2nd, 2017

It has been an unseasonably dry summer here at Hyde Rd. Despite having close to 100,000 litres of tank water, we’ve had to buy 2 small loads; yes, we’re totally off-grid water-wise.

Thankfully the house has an extensive irrigation system so we have managed to keep enough water on the garden to keep it alive. On my list of to-dos is to adjust our grey water system so it provides more benefits.

Last night we had 8mm of rain and this morning the hens didn’t know where to scratch first!

Even a small rain like this makes a huge difference to the garden – it always amazes me what a difference actual rainfall (and the nitrogen it brings) makes. As Lloyd’s of Rochester says ‘it’s like the plant version of the “Hallelujah Chorus”! The plants not only perk up, but they practically leap up and suddenly you have new growth, flowers or a need to mow your lawn.’ Looking forward to that 🙂