by | 31 Mar 2022 | State Of The Farm | 0 comments

Well another month has passed and we are finally in the new house.  The move went well and we have now started the process of renovating the house to our liking.  At the moment we are concentrating on getting all the internal stuff done first before we move on to the outside.  Fortunately it’s autumn, so we have a little time before the new growing season starts.

In the photo above you can see most of the back garden.  There really isn’t much there at the moment.  The trees that do exist are stunted and generally unhappy and these will be removed.  We were not going to remove them initially, but as they are not doing too well, from years of neglect, we will replace them with new younger plants.

The dish you can see at the back is a Starlink satellite dish, which is what we are using for our internet access.  While we do have access to the NBN (National Broadband Network) after the recent outage we decided that we needed something that was independent of the undersea cables that connect Tasmania to mainland Australia.  As the recent outage affected the NBN and wireless methods too as they are also ultimately connected via the undersea cable, satellite technology provides a fast and effective alternative.  In the event that there is a Starlink outage, we are able to quickly switch over to a 4G/LTE cellular connection temporarily, and we have the option to switch on the NBN equipment if necessary.  The dish is not going to remain in the garden.  As soon as the roof bracket for it arrives it will migrate there.

This view of the garden will, within a month or two, be filled with raised garden beds, a greenhouse and a 10,000 litre water tank and compost bays (both behind the garage).

Sketch of front garden

The Vegepod has been reconstructed and the plants that came with us have been replanted and are doing well, aside from some cold damage.  The winter cover will be going on very soon to help protect those plants over winter.  The worm farm is also back in place with the worms being transported along with the soil from our old property.

Sketch of back garden 1 of 2

We do have some new additions to the garden since we moved.  Since we are going to be producing more green waste than before we will need a bigger worm farm, and so we bought the Tumbleweed Worm Café.  I transferred some worms from the Vegepod to get it started, but we will soon be receiving another batch of worms to go in here too.

Sketch of back garden 1 of 2

We also got an Ensopet pet waste composter.  We have two cats and use natural flushable cat litter which is what we have been previously doing with the litter and waste, but why not compost it, and save water in the process.

The Ensopet is a bokashi composter that uses microorganisms to ferment and decompose waste and then garden worms will take care of the rest.

Sketch of back garden 2 of 2

Speaking of bokashi though, we also got two kitchen waste bokashi composters that work in a similar way to the Ensopet.  Your kitchen scraps go in the bokashi composter and you add the microorganisms that ferment the waste producing a liquid fertiliser that you can water down and give to your plants.  Once the fermentation process is complete you would normally dig a hole in the garden and bury the remainder of the waste, but we have it on good authority that the fermented waste can be given to the worms (once they are acclimatised to it), to further process it, and to take that even further we will then take the worm castings and add those to our regular compost which will eventually go back into the garden.  A fully closed loop.

We bought the Bokashi One one first, and decided to get another one so that one can continue fermenting while the other gets new scraps.  Because it’s cheaper we decided to get the Maze one, but while there is nothing wrong with it, I prefer the more expensive Bokashi One composter as it seems more sturdy and better designed.

The beauty of the bokashi system is that you can put waste in there that you wouldn’t normally be able to give to the worms such as onion, citrus, small bones and even raw or cooked meat scraps.

Sketch of back garden 2 of 2

This is the front garden that will eventually be properly fenced in and will be home to our orchard trees and chickens.

We’re still busy with the internals and creating and setting up our office, but we hope to start on the gardens in early May.