Weekend update

This weekend’s update will be late as I’m not spending the weekend in my future home. Instead I’m spending it packing up the last of my things to move in for good! I’ll soon be living in sin, or, as my great aunt puts it ‘trying before I buy.’ I start a new job on the 10th so want to be all set up by then.

I went over Wednesday with some things and spent Thursday unpacking and organising. I got to spend a little time in the garden watering but didn’t get any photos. The pumpkins are looking good and while she was there my young man’s mother showed him how to fertilise the flowers with a paintbrush so we shall hopefully get some pumpkins.  Actually, looking at the photos from last weekend, everything had grown a LOT by Thursday and I expect that by Monday when I will get out into the garden to water and (hopefully) take some photos it will have grown some more.

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Pen Pals!

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Does anyone write good-honest-old-fashioned letters any more? I’ve had various pen-pals on and off over the years but it’s been a good two or three years since I’ve had a regular pen pal (except for my young man with whom I’ll soon be sharing a home with so I won’t be expecting his love letters through the postal service any more.)

I was packing up all my stationery today and I sure have a lot of it!  It would be nice to get using it again.

So I was thinking it would be nice to have another pen pal, I don’t mind if they’re from Australia or overseas. Is anyone interested?

 

Seeds!

Our seeds arrived today. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in on Saturday.

I’ve been thinking about two things I’ve yet to finalise the planning for in the garden. The first, if I take after my mother and sister, is that I will end up with a ton of tomato plants that won’t die. As well as the seed I planted on the weekend we’ve got three seedlings and a promised seedling from my mother (the infamous un-killable tomato plant that she never even planted in the first place) and a bunch of other varieties that we want to try.  We want to try a few and see which we like best in terms of growing AND taste. We have 1.2 by 2.4 metre raised beds and I was wanting to grow the tomatoes as part of the crop rotation, which means fitting my tomato plants into half of a raised bed.

The other thing is we’re yet to finalise our decision on how to make best use of the 10 metre or so strip by the fence.

The answer should be pretty obvious but it just came to me that if we end up with too many plants then we can plant them in this strip. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before.

Welcome to Treeview Acres

Welcome to Treeview Acres. This blog is to record our progress towards living a more sustainable life.  Treeview Acres is a sort of romantic name but it’s exactly what we have. You look out the window of the lounge and see a sea of green treetops sloping away from you. To stand outside however is not so idyllic.  Or green for that matter. There’s dust held together with the occasional clump of grass and the knowledge that just undeer the surface is a bed of solid clay. Then there are the trees, mostly eucalypts and from this view theu look pretty brown. But it’s not all bad from this view. There is a house which is pretty much a real house. It’s an old Queenslander which means the ground floor is upstairs as the whole house was built on stilts. The floor may not be quite flat but there are two external doors (one of which leads to a set of stairs and the other leads to mid air), one too few windows, a part blue, part pink and part neutral bathroom with most of a floor, working electricity and it even has running water. The actual garden is quite pretty with a bougainvillea archway leading to a large lawn sorrounded by lavender, jasmine and roses (when the wallabies don’t eat them).

What more could a young couple want from their first house together? Well, obviously alpacas and goats and chickens and a fruit Orchard and kitchen gardens and fields of corn and peas and feijoa trees. We want to eat fresh home made goat’s cheese on bread just out of the oven with tomatoes still warm from the vine and we’ve decided that this is the year we start working towards our future.

Our first step is to build a vegetable garden. We’ve chosen a 15 by 11 metre section near the house. We chose this spot not only because it’ s not too far to the kitchen but because it has access to running water so we don’t have to lug it over in buckets. We’ve gone for a four raised bed crop rotation design with two additional lower, but still raised beds for other things we don’t want to grow in the crop rotation.  The beds have been constructed and are filled with top soil. My father has a pile of horse manure that’s been sitting in his horse’s paddock for some time so we will dig that through all the beds except for the one which will contain  the root crops as I understand too rich a soil will fork the rots. We may also get a fertiliser high in nitrogen for the brassica and leaf bed (we are growing these in the same bed) and while I know tomatoes don’t like too much nitrogen I’m not sure if the pea and bean bed or the root bed should have this added. With spring nipping at our heels we’ve ordered our seeds and are giving a wide variety of things a go. My mum is also giving us a few seedling from her garden. We’re also planting a few flowers, some as companion plants but also in hopes of attracting bees.

We have started but need to finish fencing off the vegetable garden area. It’s a popular spot for deer to wander through and we want to keep all unwannted animals out of the vegetable garden.

The other thing we’re starting with is the chicken coop. We have sunk four posts into the ground so far so there is still a lot of work to do.

We also need to get a space for a compost heap organised and built something to contain it. In truth this should have been done months ago but better late than never.

 

So there’s a lot of work to do. Hopefully the next update I’ll include some photos  of where we’re at.