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food stories This season has been a bumper one in the orchard, with (almost) enough plums, apples and pears for humans as well as birds. Despite their noxious weed classification, blackberries can be quite useful not only for food but also for holding soil on steep hills in this area, but they have spread noticeably this season. Paul's Feagan's Creek corn crop came to nothing due to heavy falls straight after planting.

Sky's garden Sky lives at Nettleton's Creek on some of the red volcanic soil that runs through to the coast. In the two years she's been there, she has developed a wonderful garden and this year had potatoes at Christmas – practically unheard of here, given that frosts can occur almost any month of the year! Summer garden

Winter garden

Orchard

zucchinis, pumpkins and squash – all

shallots, onions, garlic

Mixed planting, permaculture style,

bumper crops but with the latter

parsley

of apples, mulberries, almonds,

affected by powdery mildew.

rocket

chestnuts, walnuts, figs,

mizuna, Asian mustard

pomegranates, oregano, sage,

bok choy, pak choy

roses, irises

daikon radish

Along the fences – chia, several

collard greens

varieties of grapes

Jerusalem artichokes

chick peas for food and green

globe artichokes

manure

tomatoes – several heirloom varieties as well as a yellow hybrid from Currajuggle Creek near Mongarlowe. Various herbs, basil – three varieties. Celtuce – heirloom lettuce provided year-round picking, bolted mid-Feb. Blue Lake stringless beans grown from seed each each year. various potatoes, Jack O'Lantern pumpkins, Red Aztec maize, silver beet, kale.

rhubarb Outside the enclosure – comfrey

quinoa (failed) fenugreek

for compost,

Chook mix – millet, corn, sunflowers

maize and sunflowers for

grain amaranth

chookfood

strawberries and asparagus, also meshed in to keep the birds away.

life in the catchment  

Artist's book.

life in the catchment  

Artist's book.

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