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131 Anambah Road, Maitland, NSW, AU
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Posted by Kate Beveridge about 13 years ago

After the extremely hot and dry summer we've had we are taking advantage of the beautiful Autumnal weather to do some serious tree plantings.

The cooler weather and good rainfall over the last few weeks makes it an ideal time to  get some more trees planted here in the Hunter. Also as Boidynamic practitioners we believe that Autumn is the Earth's breathing in time where energies start to concentrate into the Earth and a plant's focus is root development- a great time to get the roots of newly planted trees established.

So, apart from the 500 vegetable seedlings we plant here weekly for our CSA we have been planting trees. Starting with a new citrus orchard around our irrigation ponds in the mandala garden, on the south side so as not to shade out the market garden during winter. Around these will be planted more legumes and herbage understory.

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We've planted a windbreak along our western boundary to shield us from the very strong,dry winds in summer. Included in this planting are casuarinas, blackbean, Albizia, icecream bean and cassia.They will be followed by some callistemons and grevillias.

After moving a chook dome on our swale we planted out a section in our new food forest.

Our focus tree was a mulberry and added to that were lots of legumes-cassia, pigeonpea mainly, herbage understory and papaya all underneath previously planted albizia.After grape pruning time we will add some grape cuttings to climb up through the Mulberry.

We replaced a couple of passionfruit that succumbed to the drought and once again threw in more legumes. As we have an abundance of nasturtiums at teh moment we are thinking of these as a ground cover around the passionfruit. Not only are they abundant, but they flower through winter providing nectar for the bees and attract the cabbage white moth away from the brassicas.What do you think?

We have prepared our banana circle and planted papaya as an overstory pigeon pea as a legume and cassava as understory and are waiting to source some suitable dwarf type bananas that will grow well in this area.

Everything is looking lush and green here at the moment and we look forward to some more rain for all the trees.

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Posted about 13 years ago

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