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Wonderful morning - great weather, enthusiastic company and genial hosts. What more could any gardener ask?

On a standard house block, the garden has been carefully packed in. So many plants are growing in above-ground beds, in the ground, in wicking beds and in the aquaponics grow beds, never mind the chooks and the worms! Oh and did I mention Bobby? He's the guardian of it all, small in stature but big on enthusiasm. I neglected to take his photo, so if he's reading this ... ;-)

Aquaponics and Worms:


The three hens in their compact, shaded and beautifully decorated Cluckingham Palace with different levels and a cool opening coop complete with cabaret glitter ball:

There was a very good rollup, one of our best keen to see the real-life situation of one of BLFs most frequent contributors.

And the 'bring a plate' food ... as always a varied selection. This time we had 2 cheese-maker's samples. Thank you Andy and Margaret: scrumptious beyond drooling! And for those of us who sampled Andy's 2 liqueurs, what can I say? Quite a kick for such innocuous-looking liquids.

There was freshly-made sandwiches, home-baked cakes, home-grown dips. Our host had to tear us away from the food to look at the garden ... and this was a garden visit rather than a nosh-up.

Since it's close to Halloween, the garden reflected the hosts keenness on appropriate decorations. A selection ...

Andy and Roz - you've done yourselves proud ... the McDowall Manor City Farm is a credit to your ingenuity, hard work and a zest for living.

Thank you both for having us over.

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So sorry I couldn't make it!!! Sounds like a fabulous garden visit, well done Andy and Roz!

After reading all the reports on your garden, I too am sorry I missed it. You will have to put your name down for next year GV so I to can come to visit. Now that I am not so much a Newie I will have confidence to come to the GVs. I will have to bring Graham as he will have to be my driver as I am not allowed to drive anymore.

Happy Gardening.....

I will for sure Dianne.  


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Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

The Vetiver Community Project is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.

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