Just thought I would make a blog post to introduce ourselves as we have been lurking members for a while now..
We are a family of 4 that are trying our hands at Urban Farming in Ipswich.. We have had a garden for the past few years that has evolved slowly into what we have today with plans to increase its size & production.. This summer was a bit of a dud for us (wont bore you with the details) & we are now looking to plant out for Winter..
We have over 15 beds of different sizes with all but 2 being wicking beds.. The 2 that are not wicking beds are the lime tree/herb bed in the foreground with the other being a bathtub full of water chestnuts.. There are also about 20 Wicking barrels made from 200L barrels cut in ½.. We have 1 aquaponic grow bed fed by 6 large goldfish (in an IBC tank with a lid, right hand side next to round/green 500l tank), some fire tailed gudgeons & a yabbie in the sump tank.. There are 2 more grow beds that will be brought online when we pick up 25 jade perch fingerling's in the next week or so.. There are also 3 chooks in there somewhere :D»
The garden is covered in summer with a 50% shade cloth.. We will be remodelling the the set up before next summer though & trying to source some 20-30% cloth..
We have a few different worm farms on the go at the moment.. Most of the farms will be retired soon with their occupants added into some of the beds.. Feeding stations for them are being installed into the beds as well.. Some worms are being used in a mulching experiment that I started after watching Back to Eden last week.. The idea of using tree mulch in Back to Eden is nothing new but for some reason the whole idea struck a cord this time.. I had read about it in articles & books but it didn't sink in as I think I'm just a visual kind of person.. We are now mulching up every Chinese elm & weed tree in sight through our small machine so we can build up some piles for composting..
That's about it for now..
We do have a garden blog as well as a You Tube channel if you are interested..
Have a great one all...
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