On Sunday I drove up to the Wollongong Wholesale Nursery at Albion Park Rail to buy some fruit trees with my Sustainable Illawarra Super Challenge vouchers. The staff there were really helpful, and gave me some good ideas for the types of trees that would suit our needs for the front yard.
I pretty much already knew what I wanted for the main planting areas, but we had three large planters Megan bought at the Magnet Mart closing down sale. We wanted to use them to screen our view of the neighbours’ yard, but still grow something edible and useful. With some excellent advice from the nurseryman, I decided on a couple of feijoas, with a lime tree in between them. I’ll post some photos when I get them planted out.
For the front yard I bought a mandarin and an orange. I already had a white mulberry from a friend’s garden, another citrus of unknown type (I suspect either mandarin or cumquat – it was unlabelled, for $5 at Magnet Mart), a fig, and an avocado.
Yesterday we finally got around to planting them out. The new garden beds had been filled with mushroom compost, manure, stable sweepings, and topped with a straw mulch for a couple of weeks. They were already full of worms and were breaking down nicely. The trees should be happy there.
I also bought some zucchini plants (one black and one yellow) and some more strawberries to add to the ones we had already transplanted from the strawberry patch out the back. Both of these needed some protection from the hot, direct sun, so I rigged up some temporary shade.
So now, here’s what our front yard looks like. You can see the green manure crop growing in one of the terraces – I’ll post a story about that soon. Hopefully I’ll be posting back in a years’ time and everyone will be amazed at how much things have grown! 🙂