A little look at what's been going on around here..
The ducklings are getting bigger. Aren't they cute!
A bed of tomatoes interplanted with marigolds. Behind them are four beds of capsicum interplanted with lettuce and cosmos for added colour. These beds are in front of the mandala gardens.
I planted the pair of Kiwi fruit that Meg gave me for my birthday. They are right outside my door and will eventually give shade to the west side of the house as well as yummy fruit of course.
We put in a couple of blue barrels as water tanks. They collect water from the shed roof and it will be used to water the kiwi fruit, some strawberries, the white mulberry and the grapes.
We bought a water diverter for this job. Once the tanks are full we can turn the blue tap there on the side and the water will be diverted back into the downpipe and flow back into the paddock where it eventually runs down into our swales. No need for an overflow.
These grapes are growing opposite the kiwi fruit. Eventually they will join up with the kiwi and create some beautiful shade. The trellising is yet to be built.
The new pig pen is taking shape. I'm sure Cinnamon and Nutmeg will be very happy here. They will have access to green pick, some soil and mulch to root around in, and the shade of some trees to lie around under. We will rotate them between the three runs, planting each run out with root crops and greens after they move onto the next yard. The main pen will be able to be washed out with the waste water going into a banana circle soon to be created just outside the yards. We will plant mulberries and nut trees for shade and forage for the pigs. We have positioned the pen so that the children who visit the farm can interact with the pigs. I think they have become the most popular attraction.
Next year we are opening the farm up once a month for "Mums and Bubs'' I will take them on a tour, where they can feed the animals and collect the eggs. Afterwards they can stay and have a picnic lunch. The children can interact with some of the animals and play.