Since moving to our property, things haven’t really been going our way. Much of it from trying to take on too much too soon. We lost quite a few trees in the summer heat for example. In hindsight, we were a little naive. So when we decided to invest a few thousand dollars in top soil and grass seed, we decided to delay things and do it right. It meant that for quite a few weekends, I didn’t see my husband. He spent pretty much dawn to dusk outside, laying irrigation pipes and leveling the soil. When he wasn’t working outside, he was inside programming the irrigation system. Our hope is that by doing this right the first time, even though it’s taking such a long time now, that it will pay for itself later when we don’t have to spend hours watering lawns… or re-laying lawn that has died in the heat. The irrigation system should also help save water, which is important when the only water you have is the water your collect. But like with many things, we do our research and we try it out but a lot is left to chance. Birds can swoop in and eat the seed, we may not have laid the soil thick enough, we could under water… or over water, or there could be something that goes wrong that we hadn’t even considered – this seems to be the most common!
But this weekend, when we went for a walk, we noticed that a lot of the seeds have germinated. It is still early days… but for now, we’ll celebrate this little win.
As for the next month, we’re taking a break from everything that isn’t a necessity. Next weekend is the Yass Show, which the children are so excited about. Then we have a run of people visiting. Although we do have a few projects lined up for winter. We’ve marked out the area for our chook shed and we’ve decided (in keeping with the theme of simplifying things) instead of making a large vegetable patch, we’re going to develop a small potager garden off the laundry. Big enough to have all my favourite herbs and vegetables, but small enough that it won’t need a great deal of attention. So for now, we’re having fun trawling Pintrest and the web for designs. It’s a case of – watch this space!
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