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The ground was extra soft because of all the rain we have had, making the holes easy to dig.
This is Richard and Heidi. We only found this ground at all because of Heidi. When we had the idea to plant a Food Forest, we had great difficulty finding some land. Heidi, a local resident heard we were looking and suggested we approach St Michael’s. The rest, as they say, is history. In the making. Thank you, Heidi!
After saying goodbye to Heidi and Richard we spent a few hours mulching the Forest floor, leaving a meter around the periphery bare so people know where to settle their plants during tomorrow’s Plant-In.
Just before lunch we went out to the Marrickville Community Nursery and picked up some Pigface, Whiteroot, Coastal Rosemary and native parsnip, which we are going to plant tomorrow in the Forest’s outer ring.
So people can identify what’s what, we then wrote each plant’s name on a small copper tag and hung it on the corresponding tree.
It’s rained nearly every day we have worked on the Forest. But this afternoon’s downpour was too heavy to work in, even for us Victorians. So it was tools down, and bottoms up at a hotel around the corner.
We will be on site tomorrow from 10am to 4pm come rain or shine. Come one and come all!
Yesterday it seemed like an achievement to get two trees in the ground, today we planted considerably more, albeit somewhat smaller.
Here is one very special gardener with a very special delivery: olives, lemon verbena, rosemary, riberry and pecan.
And dianella and lomandra longifolia, the latter whose leaves contain a fibre that can be used in basket-making, weaving and to make string. Their flowers can be eaten raw, or dried and ground to make a flour for dense cakes.
We also planted a variety of citrus: grapefruit, mandarin, lime, lemon, orange and kumquat.
We also planted feijoas, coastal rosemary, lilly pilly, Brazilian guava, Hawaiian guava, avocados, lemon grass, loquat and cherimoya, which Mark Twain described as, “the most delicious fruit known.”
With all the rain and planting the ground was getting pretty muddy, so we barrowed some mulch to make a path.
Then we cut down some trees and whittled them into stakes. Ha ha, not likely, although maybe one day the Forest will be abundant enough.
We fastened some hessian tree-tie to them, to support and guard each plant.
Just as the rain cleared, St Michael’s Rev Francis Chalwell (right) came to say hello and introduce Bishop Alan Stewart.
And then a little later, Greens Senator, Scott Ludlam, Sustainable Cities portfolio, (right) and Tony Hickey, Greens candidate for the Federal seat of Sydney, (middle), came to see the Forest.
Dignitaries abounded, but the really very special guest was a visit by a beautiful native minor bird who danced around the oranges and had us entranced.
“We hold great pride and respect for our culture and fully support the way in which the food forest will educate the wider community on Aboriginal history and culture.” Rebecca McHugh, MLALC
When you get right down to it, there are few agricultural practices that are really necessary – Masanobu Fukuoka