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Cherokee, Victoria, AU
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Posted by Chris McLeod almost 10 years ago

This week we look at the impact of Peak Rocks at the farm. The blog entry was also interrupted by a smash and grab raid on the chicken enclosure by the local parrots

Some people dream of sports cars, whilst others dream of large houses and overseas holidays. I however dream of excavators. There are times here when a small 4 tonne excavator would be really handy.

The skies have been mostly clear and sunny in the past week, so the excavations continued – all by hand of course (thus my dreams of a small excavator!). The excavations are however, creating a flat site for both a machinery shed and a small wood shed. It is amazing just how much clay material can be moved by hand from one location and placed in another over the course of a day.

The farm is located on the side of a mountain, so any reasonably flat site has to be dug out of the side of the hill. The highest point the excavations are about a 1.8m (6 foot) drop from the natural soil level to the ground. All of that clay is being used to make new garden beds, so nothing is going to waste here and the new flat area is starting to look really good and expansive.

The excavations continued this week

Rocks are used in these new garden beds as retaining walls. Many years ago, I got the idea for using the local rocks as a retaining wall after seeing that the historic hill station gardens in the area used their rocks this way. The best ideas are always other peoples and I had a lot of rocks about the farm and was wondering what to do with them, when it occurred to me that they were an untapped resource. Fast forward to today and with many hundreds of metres (feet) of rock walls about the place, rocks are in a bit of short supply now. I’m only really ever half joking when I suggest that the farm has hit peak rocks!


For the rest of the entry click on: http://ferngladefarm.blogspot.com.au/

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