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With a garden visit coming up, it was time to give my garden a huge make over... so I decided to mulch.  After ringing around they all seemed to have a minimum order of 10 cubic metres so I finally buckled and ordered it to be delivered on Thursday morning.  Now, I love a freebie as much as anyone but they >nicely< delivered more like 15 cubic metres!  Gee thanks, I was struggling to use the 10 and would have preferred to order 5 - so they deliver 15, thank you very much.  

I lost count of the number of wheelbarrows within the first hour, at the end of that first day I had moved just under half of the pile.  At the end of the second day we had started to get more creative with Ashley deciding to cardboard and mulch an area that we had planned (at some distant time in the future) to make into a garden.  This will be dug back to the tank and a retaining wall built.

Now it is day three and I am getting desperate!  Each garden has mulch piled up at least a foot over the level of the ground and I still have about 1 - 2 cubic metres left.  Now I am on the warpath looking for more spaces that can take a wheelbarrow or two to store for later use!  

Even the herb garden got mulched and I am eyeing the vegetable garden beds as well.  I am determined to find a use for every last wheelbarrow just so I can say 'I told you so' to my doubting husband who was not very happy when I told him I had ordered 10 cubic metres of mulch.  Ironically I could have used up the 10 cubic metres reasonably easily, it is the extra 5 that I am having trouble with.




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Comment by Addy on November 7, 2011 at 17:47
Yay, welcome to the northside! Redcliffe is a wonderful place to live in.
Comment by Donna on October 26, 2011 at 12:51
Lol Kaley, the 'neatness' is called selective photography - there is about a trailer load of rubbish to be disposed of tomorrow which should make it a lot neater!
Comment by Scarlett on October 24, 2011 at 11:22

hooray for mulch! (you should have taken out all the grass ;)  but not if you're going to move, I know

it's hard enough doing planting, watering and harvesting - everything else should be on minimal work setting, including weeding, edges, mowing!

Comment by Florence on October 24, 2011 at 10:40
Sad to see you leave the South side being someone who's living on the South ^^, but you've gotta do what's best for your family ^^
It's a pity you have to leave your trees behind again....

Comment by Donna on October 24, 2011 at 8:07
Yeah, despite the stress between now and then, it is a lifestyle move with the kids having more to do as they grow up than hang around parks.  We will get them involved with the water (sailing/ kayaking/ nippers etc) and hopefully foster a life long passion - a lot easier when it is a few minutes walk than an hours drive!
Comment by Lissa on October 24, 2011 at 6:16

Yep, good news about having you living on the northside :)

You will really appreciate having done the mulching in spite of it being such a big job. Feels good when it's all done! And a great way to lose a couple of kgs.

Can't wait to see your place on Sunday.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 23, 2011 at 21:34
Oh, hoo! hoo! A neighbour :-)
Comment by Donna on October 23, 2011 at 18:46

No, wasn't free this time.  Got aged mulch, 10 (in reality 15) cubic metres delivered for $200.  More than I wanted to pay but half the price of some others - well worth ringing around!  Also for the amount of space that I have to cover, especially under the trees along the side there just isn't anything else available for less.  Cane mulch or lucerne would cost >heaps< more and be consumed in about three months.


Once I have moved all the mulch I will go plant to plant and make sure there is breathing room and give everything a good solid drink - lucky the tanks full.  I also will need to dig down through it to find enough dirt to plant out a whole heap of seedlings including pumpkins, watermelon and luffa.


We are looking at moving to Redcliffe (in about six months).  I will be very sad to leave my trees and gardens, but at least the mulch means less maintenance and more time to get the house looking half decent.  I also learnt a lot from this garden and will take a few trees with me for a new beginning.

Comment by Florence on October 23, 2011 at 18:31

Cool ~  Did you get it free this time as well? 

Back breaking work there, great exercise though :)

I have access to a piece of land for 1 to 2 years to grow anything I want, but I would like to spend as little money on it as possible since it's only short term ... Not too sure if this is suitable though as it's known to have termites there...

Remember not to mulch around the the tree trunks to avoid collar rot ~~

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