Moving Mountains One Bucket at A Time

What a great weekend weather. Morning frost, then great fine day, none of the gusty chilly wind. I love my weekends. When they turn out fine. I get productive.


Caesar’s kennel is now moved to a more sunny spot. The previous spot don’t get much Winter sun at all. The run is now attached to the kennel, so he has got more choice of terrain to hang out on, kennel, elevated run, lawn, concrete driveway, concrete patio.


My latest attempt at dog proofing the berry fence. Instead of 2 horizontal bamboo stakes, there’s 3 now. I have managed to keep him in so far this weekend while having him outside most of the time.


The five citrus planted along the berry fence has got their nurse plant now. Each got a Tagasaste Tree Lucerne planted next to it. I have taken extra care to stake and train the center leader of the Tagasaste as well. Just for some reason, felt like it needs to be done. You would have known I don’t stake tree until after they are blown sideways by the wind. That’s after the fact.


The Tuscan Blue Rosemary have arrived. These were planted along the Belgian Fence towards the front of the property where the apple trees don’t go.


The rosemary are going to be trained to the bamboo stakes. I got the idea from a garden visit in Ashburton where the gardener trained something like a conifer or something else up a spiraling up a stake, instead of branching out.


Another bamboo fence on the side of the Olive and Guava Fence. This is future proofing my dog proofing. I might plant something to be trained to the bamboo stakes. At this stage it could be a full length of Alders.


The planting for the Olive and Guava Fence is pretty much done. Five Chilean Guava along each section right at the edge to form a clipped hedge in the future. The bamboo fence at the front will be removed by then and make way for a greener open design. Down the middle strip, from front:-

  • Guava Cherry Red
  • Guava Cherry Yellow
  • Olive Koroneiki
  • Feijoa Seedling
  • Feijoa Mammoth
  • Olive Leccino
  • Feijoa Seedling
  • Feijoa Triumph
  • Olive Picholine
  • Feijoa Seedlilng
  • Tree Lupin | Tagasaste Tree Lucerne

I still need to plant an Acacia each between the guavas. And Globe Artichokes and Cardoon will be added as well. Feijoas, are also known as Pineapple Guava. Hence this patch is called the Olive and Guava Fence. The patch will be finished off with a nice thick mulch. Some serious weeding on this patch due to the rampant nightshade and some beautiful poisonous native with eggplant like fruit that grow in abundance in the area.


Its not like its all work. And Caesar watching me work. He had some fun at the river yesterday.


I don’t throw sticks with him at the river. Because he will fetch it and never bring it back. So I just sit by the river bank and throw stones into the water, he’ll swim over, have a gulp, swim back to the shore and wait for the next stone throw.

I managed to get hold of a couple of cheap 200mm coach screws on TradeMe, they will work very well for me to anchor in the Belgian Fence trellis. That’s a job for next week.

I’ll also probably have to start preparing the grounds for the main forest garden planting. Through the season I have heaps of dirt here and there. Some I have sown cover crop over to get some biology going. Some I might get a carrot harvest too, or not.

My neighbour asked me about my front lawn the other day. She was wondering why I have a hundred square meters covered with weedmat. I am just thinking now, should I stick with the original plan for a 12 straight 5 square meter garden bed? Or do a double mandala garden? I think the double mandala is going to be a lot more fun and therapeutic.


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