Monday, March 18, 2013

Renewal


This was an avenue of tall(ish) sheoaks and blackwood - they overtopped the very high netting.  Because we live in a fire-prone region and because power companies are currently fighting litigation over fatal fires, the local power supply company decreed the trees had to be reduced in height to keep them away from the powerline.  Instead, we opted to have them removed altogether - this is the end result - rather sad.  But we will replant because that is the south side of the property which is subject to cold winds, and hopefully we'll keep better control over the new windbreak - whatever it is.  Interestingly,  the extremely tall eucalypts growing only metres away on the other side of the road weren't considered a danger!

Now that the summer fruit season is over, we have time to put into preparing the planting beds for autumn.  The corn failed miserably - first lack of water on v hot days, then tiny grey bugs (aphids?) bedded down in every nook and cranny.  Ugh.  The five or six heads we managed to harvest before the damage occurred were amazingly delicious.
To get some value out of the corn these will be kept as pea stalks - peas will shortly be planted at the base of each "trunk".

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