In the garden
Much has happened at 5eyesFarm in the last year or so when we started out. We have been designing and building infrastructure and establishing a 60,000 litre aquaponics system. We have tilled land, established composting systems (and a compost house, established a seedling house and enriched the soil on nearly 6 acres. Roads, retaining walls and other related structures have been started along. With a unique recycled fence design which is a good way to completion. In respect to recycling and using natural, available and local products we have cut many dozens of tonne of basalt rock to use in building and we have installed over 6000 tyres in a range of very useful applications that will be long lasting and hard wearing. Finally we have started growing a range of beautiful fresh organic produce and we are really starting to see results. Have a flick through the following pic journal. We encourage you to visit, to make contact and to share in the vision we have for an integrated organic farm in an unlikely location. Until then…
And we have been growing good food
And as mentioned, building with tyres, stone, bamboo, glass bottles etc
And we have produce
Most vegetables and fruits that you buy in the super market, the market or even warung and restaurants have been sprayed with chemicals that are not good for eating unless they are cleaned very thoroughly. Even when we wash our food before preparing it to eat, the chemical sprays get inside the food and they get inside our bodies. This has long term affects on our health.
What about healthy and clean fruits and vegetables? Organic food is food grown with no pesticides, no herbicides, no chemicals. It is healthy food and tastes great. It is harder to manage the growing process without chemicals, especially pesticides.
We use natural pesticides from other plants like neem, daisy, eucalyptus. The can be put on or around food plants to stop them being eaten by pests but are not harmful to us.
Also, making compost is very important for plants grown in the ground as it works as a natural fertiliser and there is no need for chemicals.
August 2017 progress (see below for earlier stages)
July 2017 produce
Earlier produce – March-June 2017
5eyesfarm is getting underway. While the aquaponics setup is happening we are using the remaining land to grow organic produce. A lot has happened in a short time with beds created, composted, mulched and planted. Not using chemical sprays for anything means careful pest controls by hand and with natural oils.
Making the beds:
Progress at week 4:
Bees are the inspiration behind choosing most of our herbs in Melbourne… Lavender, basil, sage, and edible flowers like calendula and marigolds. We do use them in cooking and only just realised recently that most of the flowers we have are edible and good for salads and so on. Other herbs that grow so easily are rosemary, coriander, mint and parsley.
The best thing about growing herbs is that they ‘fit around the edges’ of gardens, pathways, junctions that have no particular purpose, pots, hangers – just about anywhere.
Herbs soften the whole garden and blend it much like they add their own aspects to the food we cook. But they also thrive on the edges following a basic permaculture principle: use the edges because that is where the nutrient and water build ups occur. We often find that they grow themselves in the edges, in cracks and gaps, at the front of beds or around the sides where they have blown or dropped as seeds
As well as herbs we have an array of spring onions, leaks, garlic, lemon grass, chilli, hot pepper and chives. Some of these are considered herbs but seem to be more in the ‘hot’ family.
Either way, what is important is that they compliment the garden and that we can use them in cooking to create much wider variety. The sambal we make for example relies heavily on our garden herbs and spices.