Sorting Firewood

We are lucky to have neighbours with large properties (and trees). There always seem to be trees around to put away for winter firewood. This is one small piece of a tree I was able to get to. Luckily, most of the wood we collect has been down for some time so is well on [...]

Tree lucerne nursery

With another burst of planting out seedlings today we are up to over 500 tree lucerne potted up. With the plans we have for native bush re-planting we’ll need a couple of thousand of these little guys as a nursery crop for the natives. I’ll post more on growing tree lucerne soon.

Tree Lucerne Nursery

We’ve been collecting tree lucerne seedlings as we find them around the farm and assemnling a bit of a nursery. For many reasons, Tree Lucerne is the perfect tree for farms (or small blocks). So far we’re up to about 60 trees in the nursery but I think we’ll need 100′s over the coming years. [...]

The Poplars are Taking Off

The poplar poles we planted a few weeks back have started to sprout. It was a bit of a leap of faith to hammer a stick into the ground, hoping it would turn into a tree but sure enough, sprout they did. The poles extend about 70cm above ground level so this new growth is [...]

Planting Poplars

We planted the first 40 poplar stakes today along the (almost complete) fence line beside the large house gardens. The ground is still soft enough to plant in and we still seem to be having enough weekly rain to keep them happy. This line will be kept trimmed to about 2m to encourage them to [...]

300 Poplars to plant

This is what 300 poplar stakes look like. We’ll be planting these around the farm over the next couple of weeks to provide shelter from wind and sun to the animals and pasture.