Back Garden Update

Its been a busy few months getting the back garden ready for summer, which will soon be upon us. The back garden has been filled with water wise and indigenous aloes, succulents, and other plants and ground covers. Some of the original granite rocks dug up during renovations have been kept and placed around the garden.

The rain-water water feature had to be drained and resealed after major water leaks. The water feature was rushed to get ready for the previous summer rains, and didnt quite the attention it needed in making sure it was properly sealed. But you never know know if it been done properly until its up and running 🙂

After refilling the water feature, the water turned a little green. It takes a little while to settle down and its slowly starting to clear again after adding a home made bio-filter.

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Around the side of the house is the vegetable and herb growing section. The hydroponics system, which was installed late last summer, has been a great success and has produced many tomatoes and other salad greens. This was very experimental, and some this spring i will be starting over, giving the system a good clean, and starting with some new seedlings.

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Another experimental system which i built and installed at the end of summer was a self watering system for the plants and herbs. The system basically works by measuring the soil moisture levels of one of the pots, and automatically switching on the water drippers when the moisture levels gets below a certain threshold. This has worked very well so far, none of the plants have been manually watered, and months later they are still doing fine. A few little tweaks, and the watering system will be extended to more plants for this summer.

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I have also managed to get a little workshop up and running, where i can start doing a whole bunch of things i have planned for the year. Some of the old pressed ceilings that were removed from the house i managed to recycle and use for some “wall paper”. All the renaming pressed ceilings were donated to antique stores.

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And finally for this post, just some night pictures of the garden. The garden is starting to look quite magical at night, which i am loving.

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Oh, and this is how it looked once upon a time.

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