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The Paddock
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Burt Road, Woodanilling, Western Australia, AU
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Woodanilling, AU

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Excitement grows

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Posted by Amanda McLennan over 12 years ago

Another return to the swale excites us with more silverbeet, green tomatoes and best of all... wonderful neighbours!

1st swale January 2012It's been two months since our last visit to La Bella Vita and we were thrilled to arrive and see the trees planted in our 1st swale are still alive.

As you can see the eucalypt on the right is THRIVING, however the avocado tree is still struggling due to the silverbeet that had regrown at the base of the tree, taking a lot of the available water.

I cut all the silverbeet back to the ground again (and it was wonderful in our pasta that night) and this time repositioned the EcoBag at the tree trunk over the silverbeet in an effort to cut out most of it's light. Hopefully this will prevent the silverbeet from taking over so completely again. I am loathe to pull the silverbeet root system out of the ground completely as it appears to hold a large part of the swale base in it's grasp.

Not only had the silverbeet regrown but the peas had dried and we were able to collect a good amount of pea seeds to go into the next swale we dig at the end of summer. A tomato plant was also thriving and we had three large green tomatoes growing in the swale!

Best of all about this trip was meeting the neighbours properly who (we had no idea previously) have an aquaponics setup, a biodynamic garden and the most wonderful fruit trees in their yard. They are a very inspiring family and it was great to find we had such like-minded neighbours... we are very excited about the possibilities that lay ahead.

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