With our dry Spring and Summer it has been a challenge to keep veges growing, and keep the weeds from taking over. The fruit trees have suffered, however, we managed to supply most of our Avocado requirements, in spite of the Bowerbirds, who eat the fruit, then the new flower buds and baby fruit!. Still using our home grown potatoes, Dutch Creams have been by far the favourite. A new crop of Pineapples is looking good and the figs are forming.
The vege garden has managed to provide a plentiful supply of Snow Peas, Beans, Salad things, Tomatoes, lots of Strawberries Rhubarb and Sweet Corn, Spinach etc and Herbs to dry for later use. Our lovely chooks forage away up in the bush and are staying out of the unfenced gardens.
Birds as always are in large numbers around the house and garden always plenty of Kookas hunting around the place. Sometimes very frustrating when you see Bower birds fly past with a Raspberry or tomato from the garden! and, of course, there is Alister, the wild King Parrot who is a regular visitor.
Our group of small dams have all but dried up however there are still ducks and herons coming in for pickings. Lots of Great Barred Frogs are around the house at night, lovely to have them so close.
Steps around the garden provide easy walking access to most areas. Our first small Regen area, over 11 years old now, is doing very well. The bridge area is maturing – planting is restricted in this area to endemic species. We have access steps down to the bridge, where we have some large clumps of Phaius australis (Southern Swamp Orchid) which are spectacular when in flower, a seat where you can sit an listen to the birds, and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
Over the rest of our extended garden (the rest of the property) we continue with the battle concentrating on Lantana, Crofton Weed, and other introduced weeds. The results in our first project area are very pleasing, with regenerating rainforest species now forming a good canopy. Lots of Large Land Mullet and Carpet Pythons can be seen sunning themselves. Revision work has just commenced on this area. We are discovering new treasures at every turn.
There is a vast improvement in lots of areas with the continuing fight against the Lantana, both in the Conservation Area and in the degraded areas. Most days see Lizzie trundling out in her trusty ATV with Seffi to give the loppers some exercise!