It’s been a busy week, packing things up when I’m not at work. And deciding what goes into rubbish bags. I think I have got most things packed now apart from a few bits and pieces here and there which will be packed away over the week. In the end, I took a full truck load of rubbish to the dump today, and it’s the first time I had to pay more than the minimum charge. Almost a quarter of a tonne.
I’ve just been chopping up the firewood, getting them down to kindling size so that I can pack them into banana boxes. Easier to move. It’s probably the first thing that I am going to move onto the property on settlement day as I will be heading over to get the keys after work and drop the firewood off. Easy one person job.
Rainfall this week is mediocre at best, 0.5mm. We have a high of 32.1dC and a low of 5.9dC. It’s been really windy though, persistent gusty drying wind.
I spent quite some time in the forest garden yesterday, visiting every tree, remembering when I planted them in, talk to them, say my farewell to each of them, and bid them good luck. I talked to the Tagasaste Tree Lucernes, I asked them to look after the fruit trees they are guarding and nursing. I said thank you to the roses for their lovely bloom. And glance longingly at all the fruits hanging off the trees, they are having a bumper year.
Beetroot, radish, lavender, and potatoes.
Flowering pak choi, sprouting broccoli, baby broccoli. For the first time after 3 years, I finally got the flowering pak choi to do the right thing. This is the best I have ever seen the brassica grown from seeds.
I packed the frost cloth away. And the Early Gem Sweetcorns are doing really well. Their foliage shows no sign of nutrient deficiency, which is amazing as the only thing I did with this plot is mow the grass down, top up mulch and compost, then roll the weedmat over. They are fed with laundry grey water though, drip-irrigated below the mulch layer. There’s courgettes too but they are still really young.
Perhaps this is fate. I always believed that everything, or most things happened for a reason, usually a good one. After all those years of experimentation, trial and error, I am finally on to something. The floodwater diversion is in place, the pebbles on the drive and around the vege garden that will not washed away in the event of a flood, the flood gate… The fruit trees and their nurse plants, the Belgian fence, the nurseries… The ducks were about to arrive after I have finished the Permaculture Design Course at Koanga Institute. That’s a wee bit more commitment there, and I guess that level of commitment is not meant for my time at the Orchard Cottage.
Next week, we are off to my own place! A new chapter in life on suburban Permaculture design and implementation.