At OUTSIDE THE BOX / Earth Arts Rights we have a large patch dedicated to organic food production. We are sited on 3.5 acres (1 hectare) at Mt Nelson just 8 kilometres from the Hobart CBD.
We started small with a couple of beds at the far end of the block, but very soon we began moving up the hill. The beautiful bounty attracted all the wildlife that lives here — wallabies, possums, pademelons, echidnas, bettongs, bandicoots and more. Who could resist such deliciousness?
The solution was to enclose the garden so that we could have secure, dedicated space and the animals could have the rest of it. Being at about 330 metres above sea level we experience on average 3.5 degrees Celsius cooler temperatures than down in the ‘valley’.
To allow us to enjoy all the heat-loving veggies such as tomatoes, chillies, cucumbers and basil we have installed three greenhouses that help extend the growing season. As a water wise measure, we built 12 raised boxes and set them up as wicking beds. Then came the birds and the bees — eight very gregarious chooks and two hives.
We are regular participants in the Home Harvest one day event held in March each year that is organised by the team at Good Life Permaculture. Productive gardens in and around nipaluna / Hobart open their gates to invite the public in to have a look.
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