Our garden – a year in review

It has been 13 months since our first post about our garden, how far we had come and what our future plans were. I read it again with interest to see what we had achieved and I think we’ve done really well – especially since we live busy lives.

We have continued slowly increasing our garden in the front yard with the lawn slowly reducing in size. We have achieved this either through the newspaper method or by manually removing the grass with a shovel. Both ways have not eradicated the small oxalis bulbs that are throughout most of our garden. We have been keeping on top of these and they seem to have reduced in number since last year. Persistence should hopefully pay off.

Oxalis pes-caprae, a weed that is prevalent in our garden.
Oxalis pes-caprae, a weed that is prevalent in our garden.

We have achieved the goal of adding more raised vegetable gardens, as well as building more possum-proof fencing to ensure that we don’t lose our produce to the brushtail possums. We have also just finished planting out our orchard area with Moorpark apricot, Goldmine nectarine, dwarf almond, tamarillo, Jonathon apple and Cox’s Orange Pippin apple trees.

Our backyard in June 2015
Our backyard in June 2015
Our backyard in July 2016
Our backyard in July 2016 – note the addition of the vegetable beds on the left hand side and the bee hive.

We have been keeping our own bees since spring last year, which has gone well, apart from being stung in the face one day whilst taking in the washing! It has been a steep learning curve, but it has also been very fulfilling.

Our plans for the next 12 months include getting chooks that will live in the orchard section, getting a greenhouse for the back corner of our property to grow edible plants from a warmer climate, and to add further Australian native and edible plants to the garden.

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