Rain means planting! …and we have had some rain It’s time to plant.
With the new(and last) wall finished we have to protect the the new level from rain and weather.
Un-planted or supported bank here disappear very quickly in the rain.
After Cyclone Debbie(March/Apr 2017) we had various areas of the road side that had been damaged. We undertook to plant many of these areas in order to strengthen them and prevent further washouts.
This was another gully needed some planting to help hold the ground in place.
After clearing and widening the Dragonfuit level with the excavator we needed to plant out the new bank we had created at the eastern end of the level.
The bank was made with excess mountain soil from the excavation.
One plan we have had almost since we arrived two years ago, is to plant the “North Face”.
The “North Face” is the steep open slope that falls away quickly in front of the deck. It is open and very steep and really needs some trees replaced.
The Weekend of the 4th-5th June brought a rare and dangerous confluence of weather systems to the Eastern Coast of Australia, and for us, heavy rain for the Soth East corner of Queensland. Especially the Scenic Rim.
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 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.
When we first moved in, we quickly created a raised veggie bed to produce food and within the next month our tomatoes, capsicum, asparagus, eggplant, string beans, broad beans, pumpkin and snow peas will start producing.
To help make the garden bed as productive as possible we added mushroom compost that we bought from the side of the road from a mushroom producer, mountain soil we collected from piles that have been excavated from the side of the mountain to maintain the roads after rock slides when it rains, plus we added horse manure we had also bought in bags locally.