Because we are building walls, deck, garden beds etc, we make regular trips to our local hardware for the supplies we need. But today disaster struck!
While collecting 3.0 m pine sleepers from our local Bunnings, we dropped one and it landed on Shionagh’s foot!
Today we undertook some more planting in the South Gully. As we have now got some trees and plants in position, the plan for further planting is much clearer.
So the second major round of planting was done today.
Today we took a trip up to Brisbane to find/collect/purchase some new trees and plants. We are now planting the South Gully and endeavouring to restore the rainforest that was previously there.
We also have a number of other places that need planting, including the roadside and parts of the home hill. These areas are part of our battle against erosion.
Today we started making the new solar racks for our existing(new) system. These racks will replace the current racking system – an off the shelf – flat racking system.
The new solar racks will be based on the racks used for our existing(old) solar system. These are hand-made, custom built, adjustable racks that fit nicely on a flat or sloping roof.
We are incredibly fortunate to be often surrounded by birds in the trees that surround our house. They are beautiful, entertaining, a joy to listen to and fascinating to watch.
Here is just a snippet of what we saw and shot on this Sunday morning.
We have aimed to get as much food growing as possible since we got here to Arborlon, but most of the vege gardens we have planted so far have been temporary beds. The main reason for this is that there is structural and ground works we have to complete before beds and gardens can become permanent.
Since we first started thinking about putting in the Fire Deck I have been planning how to go about it. Recently I have been doing a lot of Maths and calculations to try and make the idea a reality.
Comfrey helps to provide nutrients for your soil and the leaves are great for the compost heap as comfrey’s quick rotting leaves work with bacteria and soil organisms to help speed the composting of dried leaves and other high carbon materials.
We plant comfrey in all of our garden beds because the deep tap roots help to break up our heavy clay soil.
After the first big rain we had here since arrival, we have a new respect for the road above our property.
Respect may not be the right word, but we definitely understand it more and what it’s impacts are on the surrounding environment.
Today we continued to plant out the South Gully on our path to returning it to a Rainforest state.
Weather and lack of rain have slowed us down a little, but with showers predicted for a few weeks we can get on with the planting.