On Holidays and Time to Catch-up With Farm Work

Although I am on my holidays, there really isn’t any “holiday” here at the farm. I will be making weekly visits to work to check up on everything as well as do our regular deliveries. It was a pretty hectic end to the year, but all the jobs have been completed at work and now it is time to catch-up on work on the farm.

The market garden is coming along well, with potatoes now being harvested. The first batch of potatoes were from seed potatoes saved from last year’s crop. These have not done as well as the bought seed potato and next year I will be a little more stringent on seed saving selection. This being said, the no dig style beds are still producing well and as the bed gets harvested, they will be limed, rock dusted and top dressed with manure ready for another crop. The purchased seeds have gone much better and we should get a pretty good harvest with them.

The greenhouse project is now back on. I should have the frame completed by the end of the week, ready to be clad with polycarbonate panels. This greenhouse won’t be going anywhere! It is securely anchored into the ground and the frame itself weighs a ton – almost literally! The frame is made from blackwood, harvested from a friends place about 10kms away. This is a beautiful timber, normally used for furniture. This will be the best looking greenhouse around 🙂

The frame is almost complete. Made from blackwood, this is going to be the best looking greenhouse around!

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Bacchus Marsh Grammar Sustainability Hub

As work has progressed with excavations on the terraces, a number of people both within the BMG community as well as beyond, have asked “What’s going on across the road?” Let’s see if it can be adequately explain via this blog entry and diagrams:

Orchard

Above is a Google Sketch of the planned orchard that will be going in across the road. The excavation that is taking place is designed to do four main things:

1) Erosion control: By creating a swale and berm system (swales are the dips and berms are the mounds), when it rains (and in Bacchus Marsh it tends to pour), the swales will slow the travel of water down the slope, which will significantly reduce the erosion that occurs on the surface of the site.

2) Irrigation: Given the site does not have access to any form of irrigation other than natural rainfall, the swales will…

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