Lately, I have started to notice the need to grocery shop is becoming less frequent.  This week is shopping week (we usually shop fortnightly on Tuesday) and again we have run out of fresh vegetables – only two carrots remain in the fridge…..

…..and yet dinner was a pasta with a selection of fresh snow peas, spinach, two varieties of kale and celery.  All freshly picked from our garden (the snow peas were so crisp and sweet).

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I love that it no longer matters if we leave our fortnightly shopping for another week as there is plenty of food in the garden.

P.S. the snow peas are from the ‘retaining wall’ experimental garden that I planted from seed in May.  Crazy that from tiny seeds, have grown two meter high snow pea plants.

As with most new projects, it took awhile for the first wicking bed to be completed.   However the second one was completed in considerably less time (we knew what we were doing). Only four remain to be completed.

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Here is a refresher on our wicking garden bed’s project.

What challenges have we encountered?

*  The beds were leveled when we started however the two completed beds have sunk a little unevenly.  Maybe a car jack could be used to raise the bed corners in question,  so we can prop them up?

* We have run out of old carpet after the second completed bed.  Hence some ‘thinking out of the box’ was needed if we were to achieve our goal of using only recycled materials.   Today we spoke to a local carpet layer who has a job tomorrow, ripping up old carpet and said we can have it – perfect!

* We have been racing against the time and weather.   The only area where the recycled concrete gravel and organic soil could be deposited, was in a water way (when heavy rains fall).  If we don’t move the gravel and soil before the next big rains, we literally will be watching money wash down the drain.

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Hopefully we will be ready to plant seeds and seedlings in the beds, within a week.  Fingers crossed.

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Saturday’s weather was gorgeous.   After two massively busy weeks and ongoing sickness in the family, it was a delightful respite to get out and enjoy the sun.

With my local Seed Savers group, I ventured to a local bee keeper’s property.  It was while wondering the grounds we met Jerry the Rooster – a huge yet gorgeous and proud looking animal.

Jerry was more like a puppy dog, as he followed us closely on our garden stroll.

Just wanted to share Jerry’s portrait with you – hope it puts a little sunshine into your day.

We have been saving our toilet paper rolls.  Why?  Because I wanted to trial seed planting inside the rolls.

My first attempt proved faster to complete a seed planting session, than newspaper pots.

Toilet Roll Seed Plantings

One challenge however was to not spill soil everywhere with my hand spade.  This was my solution.

Solution for Filling Toilet Rolls with Soil, Ready for Seed Planting

Even though I placed all the rolls on a seed planting tray, they were still susceptible to falling over and loosing the soil from the bottom.  Keep seedings out of the wind and away from curious toddlers (not mentioning any names).

When ready to plant the seedlings into the garden,  I could use a kitchen spatula to pick them up carefully and then plant the seedling and roll straight into the garden.

It has now been a year living ‘our tree change’ in a semi rural area.  We have now experienced every season in not only our new home but also in our community.

Spring is a magical time here. Every weekend there is a country fair, school fate or car boot sale for the community to gather together.

Today my family wondered through a car boot sale, held at our local public primary school.  A gorgeous sunny day to chat with numerous friendly faces that we have met throughout the year, while searching for some second hand goodies.

This particular goodie attracted my eye and made me smile.

Willow Farm Signage

 

It now proudly hangs close to our front door – as if it has always been there. Not only is the green the exact colour of our home’s trimmings but also the name of the farm holds special significance for my family.

Apparently our ‘farm’ is now open for business.

About Sarhn

Professional photographer and entrepreneur now living in a semi rural town South of Sydney, Australia. Wife. Mother. No longer wanting to use the excuse of 'being too busy' to care for the environment, animal welfare and my community.

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