Gardivalia 2015-We’re in!

October in West Gippsland is the month when gardeners, would be gardeners and just lovers of gardens have the opportunity to visit properties throughout the Baw Baw Shire. Gardens that are opened up for the public to visit and learn from. Food gardens, formal gardens, native gardens, permaculture and community gardens as well as events, forums and workshops being available for people to expand their knowledge and develop friendships and networks. This event is Gardivalia and I’m excited! Yep, check out garden Number 13, Around The Mulberry Tree. That would be us.

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I’ve entered Around The Mulberry Tree so that we can show people  what you can achieve in a relatively short time to get a food garden established.  Wicking beds, chooks, shiitake mushrooms, permaculture concepts, composting, worm farming, fruit trees, berry growing and greenhouse gardening are all part of our garden. The importance of thinking through the design and demonstrating how you can use recycled materials and creating habitat for birds and bees is also part of our garden. This is only the second season the vegie patch has been constructed and we want to show the development of it and the garden over the next few years, so this is the benchmark. Excited as I am, it’s a bit like having to clean up before you have visitors! I want to make sure we present in the best possible light, so there are a few jobs to do before our open garden weekend.

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We transplanted a couple of standard roses from the front yard to frame the entry to the patch. They were just in the wrong spot out the front and should do much better here. This area has compost bins, a worm farm, potatoes in the bath tub, garlic growing beside the chook shed and there will be bee attracting flowers bordering the beds.

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I’ve transplanted the rhubarb from the garden beds to the veggie patch, these pavers will be filled with toppings, herbs and bee attracting flowers will be planted in the bordering spaces. I’ve planted climbing peas on this frame near the compost bins,

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and these sweet pea seeds have been planted near the berry house. I soaked these overnight then left in damp newspaper for another 2 days to hasten the germination.

In the greenhouse I have a range of cuttings that hopefully will be established enough to sell at a little plant stall on the weekend. I have tomato seedlings starting, poppies and other flowers seed ready toppling out. I will definitely need to give this a sort out!

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I always perform better with a deadline and this is certainly one I look forward to meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

14 Replies to “Gardivalia 2015-We’re in!”

  1. You two are just amazing. What an achievement. It looks just great, I’m sure you will get lots of great feedback Marg

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  2. Hi Maree, We have a similar open garden in October. I often think of all the work people must put in to get their garden “up to scratch” I don’t envy you.

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  3. I like the paves meandering through the garden. Are they made from broken bits and pieces? Nothing like an open garden day to get the thing moving along- as if you haven’t got enough to do. All the bones are there ready for spring’s growth. Love that chook shed as I have mentioned before.

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    1. Hi Francesca, all the pavers are bits of concrete we discovered about 12″ under the soil when we removed the old bungalow. Every time Geoff put the shovel in he hit concrete. Wasn’t smiling as he did it 🙂 The brick edging are bricks we got from our neighbour when they ripped down their old garage. That was handy!

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  4. Maree, your garden is so beautiful and serene and restful — yet teeming with life! I love the “path” in your first photo — and your “recycled bathtub” too! Lovely spot… lovely thoughts. xo

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