We have had regular visits from a family of magpies , singing and chorkling loudly and beautifully for the small bits of minced meat that I throw out to them. they have become so cheeky they even come inside the house if I leave the back sliding door open for too long.
We paid a visit to Bunnings to select some fruit trees for our soon to be new orchard up at the farm .
We had decided we had to make a start this winter as we would lose another full season if we didn't.
So, went to Bunnings, our outdoor/garden/everything store and made a selection of 8 bare rooted fruit trees ready to plant out immediately.We had originally decided that we were only going to plant dwarf trees for ease of covering for protection from the parrots and pruning and picking. But once there I made the executive decision to go with the standard sized trees( I hope I have made the right decision.)
We will probably add more to this later as well.
We already have a mature apricot,2 apples,a ruby grapefruit,a lemon, a mulberry ,2 new figs and a new grapevine,and a dwarf pomegranate.We have also purchased a standard size pomegranate since as well.
On the way to the farm , just a short distance from out gate, we spotted this fellow crossing the road, but by the time we stopped and got out with the camera, he was already burying himself deep into the ground. We have seen a few echidnas up there now.
We transported the fruit trees up to the farm carefully and without injury to them and Brian got busy with the old blue tractor and ripper and started ripping rows to break up the ground to make it easier to dig holes to plant the trees.
That night, we did a bit more research and most of the information indicated to us that we had indeed planted our trees a little too close together.
So the next morning we did a little rearranging of them into an alternating grid pattern, so that they now became roughly 16 ft apart. We think this will work much better.
While we were there Brian also managed to put the door onto the large chicken run,we were given a good metal mesh security door by some friends who were renovating their house here on the coast, and as it didn't fit any where on the house we decided it would make an excellent chicken run door.
Mr fox will really have to work hard to get in there now !
We only had a few short days at the farm, but accomplished quite a bit.
After returning to the coast, we were surprised to see how much our two raised beds full of potatoes had grown, they are just growing in leaps and bounds. I just hope that they are producing as well under the ground as they are above it.
It may be many weeks before we get back to the farm as we have some very important things happening here over the next month or so. Brian will be turning 60 and we are expecting a new grandchild in the next few weeks also.
So until we meet up again,