You cannot imagine the sheer joy, well maybe you can. In one of my first blogs I mentioned my Cuz Craig. Well, talk about these shows; garden gurus, gardening Australia, Better Homes & Gardens, Landline. yes all have warranted information from time to time BUT when it comes down to the actual putting into practice what you have learnt & what motivates, what & who inspires & what DOES work.
I’m sorry my Cuz wins hands down.
So a market garden which incorporates permaculture principles is our starting point. I have discussed with Cuz several times now over the last few years or so the benefits & successes of permaculture principles on our selection, a lot of which Mum & I had been implementing through just plain common sense really eg, (run your lines across your land not down your land & you will save precious soil & water runoff) & the pay off is saving us hundreds of dollars in not having to bring in top soil, which is exactly what we found out yesterday. Come take a look with me.
My Cuz Craig & the little blue tractor.
Ok you can see the compaction that has occurred over time, between the newly ripped soil & the flat area.
This being the area where when we had the new septic dug all the excess clay like soil was spread out here. The man digging out the new septic at the time quite a few years ago now, offered to do the start of a round yard for me, which was greatly appreciated but never came to fruition, as to get the land level would have needed too much fill & as it turns out the round yard fits at the top of the property near the arena perfectly.
This has turned out so much easier in being able to let my Cuz go a little permaculturaly nuts on this little piece of our selection; to start with anyway, we have huge plans. I won’t tell too much of his permaculture story as he is going to set up his own website eventually, but we are like-minded in our endeavours which of course makes a huge difference when making changes such as this.
The first ripping.
So I love tractors it is my dream one day to own a little Ferguson or a walk behind tractor which really would be the best fit for our land size. As you can imagine the excitement of watching our little paddock being ripped was awesome & all this was done only after it had been cleared of all debris & then the land was measured out with lines on the contour, most important. That gave our tractor friend a guide line to follow.
The very prepared man in the picture is Farmer Brett a good mate of my Cuz & considered family now. Some friends just have to be adopted.
The preparation process is crucial to the planning & development of any garden area or paddocks or fodder forests or feed lots it can be implemented in an area as small “as well” ,the smallest yard to an area as big as, well how big is your land, without working on the contour you will have repair & top up the land constantly, thus more money down the drain, literally.
This has been proven over & over again as before we had started our land was deteriorating rapidly & more & more clay was exposed & precious top soil disappeared with every rainfall & wind gust. Taking with it beneficial bacteria & bugs for healthy land.
As you can see there is quite a bit of compaction but the ripper was able to get through quite well, you can kind of see the dirt marks on the ripper, so there had been very little soil runoff from this area & the main issue was the compaction so the next step will be the rotary hoe on the tractor to really churn things up.
See the black sand pile there we had already moved a few wheelbarrow loads & in comes the tractor with its scoop & in one scoop it was moved if we had of thought about it we could have saved ourselves a lot of extra work. haha. The ridge where that is being put is going to be the perennial herb garden to bring in beneficial bugs & critters & help hold back the soil, although being on the contour the runoff will be minimal if any at all.
I was so excited we had rain last night & the ripped paddock looked amazing, yes there is a bit more work to go & I can’t to wait to share it with you all.
Even Marlo was a little excited making the most of having an audience.
Much to the disgust of our little mare squirt.
Who ended up rounding Marlo up into the corner, in the end & Marlo really didn’t know quite what to with himself.
We did manage a photo of My boy (Wil) & his horse.
PS Wil said to let you all know the horse is for sale. haha