I just thought I'd post some pics of my overhauled garden out the back. The chooks had pretty much turned every garden bed into desert and since I had penned all the youngsters again and changed things around a bit, I decided it was time to put my plan into action!! I had an image in my mnd and had all the bits to make it. So heres the gardens I created in a day. Before that they were dustbowls with nothing left in them. It was a couple of weeks back now that I did it. You can see how far out the chooks had scratched away anything green just by seeing how far the lawn is from the garden border. Im hoping the lawn will now regrow there. I am no longer putting used straw onto the garden beds as the chooks make a beeline for it! Sheep poo only now. Straw for the veges.
Thanks guys, Im really happy with it so far. I am hoping it will be more chookproof than what was there pre chooks.And now I have my garden ornaments in proper spots not just stashed somewhere out of the way. It is different to my front garden which is all cottage/flowers etc. More tropical I guess. But TOUGH! Bromeliads are great. IVe been collecting them for years and they are good to divide. Here are some pics of my front yard I took before Christmas
looks great if only we could do that the way we have gone this last few days there would be nothing left even the wild birds are panting and we have lots of shade and water down for them to cool off with Trev
Thanks guys! Quambie, the cottagey gardens require a fair amount of water but these latest plants are pretty waterwise. I have Agave, Dietes,Agapanthus, Aloe, Bromeliads etc. The Cannas are hardy although technically water lovers, they cope fine with little water once established. They are newly planted but despite the heat the past few days, are looking just as good as when I planted them all. I only water them about twice a week now. They are in afternoon shade. You could try things like that planting in winter maybe and they should be fine by summertime. Bonus is once you have them you can keep dividing and replanting elsewhere. Cheers, Wendy
HI Wendy Thanks for that info We have used three large square bails of pea hay this year even the roses are finding it hard the Lavender is OK and you can not kill off the rosemary or the gum trees the best are the wattles and the grevilleas! and bottle brush they seem to like the heat what a pity we could not eat some of it because there's nothing left in my garden again "I lie" a few tomatoes have survived and one pumpkin not bad considering the veggie patch was about 300 M2 and all under reticulation Roll on winter it will look great again Trev
Grevilleas are fab! My fav native plants. Ive just planted 2 different colours of the best for my soil I find, Olivacea - red and orange. Cant wait fo them to grow!! The Winparra grevillea series (gold, gem ) are great too, theyre next on the list.
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