Wow, where do I begin!
Sid's garden is enormous! 5 acres of beautiful land with the backbones to do so much. It was once a goat milking farm apparently and has a massive red barn in really good repair with two massive water tanks down the back of what I would guess is approximately 3 acres of cleared grass land. The remaining 2 acres is where the house and gardens are. She and her husband will have a lot of work to do to bring her vision to life but I couldn't imagine a more beautiful spot than here to do it in.
Off to the right of this photo of the house and viewed partially in the next photo, at the very front of her property is where she envisions a permaculture vegetable garden mixed with some natives.
Out the back of her place (before the acres of grassland) there is a beautiful, well established rain foresty area that is just gorgeous. There is a fish pond, which my daughter absolutely loved and I spotted a loquat tree in amongst it all. Valerie also thinks there may be an acerola tree as well.
There are multiple paths, through and around her rainforest garden - almost like a choose your own adventure.
We went down the left side of her house to start to go down the back of her property. No, the grass you see here is NOT part of the area I was talking about for the goats :)
Through the gates, you reach a well established citrus grove of at least 10 trees. Most are healthy, some need a little TLC, but if you want limes, Man has she got LIMES!!! Sid very generously let us pick to our hearts content and I think I came home with 20 limes without even putting a dint in that tree. We positively identified the tahitian lime, kaffir lime, an orange, a mandarin, a finger lime with limes on it and either a grapefruit or pummelo but the others either didn't have fruit or we couldn't really work it out.
Walking further down the hill, there is a large chicken coop(you can see it in the lime photo's), a raised garden bed area in much neglect but has potential (dragon fruit and asparagus surviving in there) and what we think are like newborn goat barns. Not to mention she has an established pumpkin vine, choko vine AND 3 BLOODY KIWI VINES!!!!! SO JELLY!!
We then braved the grass to walk down to her barn and don't think that's the end. Her property just keeps going all the way as far as you can see!
Growing in amongst all that grass was the healthiest bloody summer tomatoes that I have ever seen. Literally all through the grass!!! I'm going to ask Sid to save the seeds because that would be worth to try and grow.
I honestly cannot give the scope of this garden justice. We headed back up to the house, through the "formal" garden which then enters one of the paths through the rainforest. Sid is thinking about having a working bee to dig out the roses and the plants as she just wants a few. Sorry Dianne, far too hot and I didn't bring any digging gear but I'll help out on the working bee to get you some roses :)
Then down the right side of the garden, Sid was pleasantly surprised at the scope of the fruiting plants she had there. Luckily, we could be of assitance and identified quite a few for her. Avocado's, Lychee, Jaboticaba, 3 apples, 2 Nashi's, Mangoes, Macadamia, Pomegranite, Cassava were what we found down there.
Like I said, the potential here is amazing and Sid has big plans for this place. I can't wait to see what it will look like in a few years. Thanks for having us. I really enjoyed the peaceful beauty of your place Sid.
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