It's been a while since posts so I thought a progress check was in order. We moved the chook pen away from the fence near the carport, and planted up the area. The plan is to keep adding to its perimeter until this patch joins up with the existing food forest site.
Sweet potato is my favourite addition to the garden at the moment. It sprawls everywhere and transforms dry ground into lushlooking greenery. As a living mulch it is definitely providing some protection to the soil from the sun. The leaves wilt during the hottest part of the day but recover in the evening. We've been eating them in stirfries and as spinach in other dishes.
I've started a pond but am waiting on cooler weather to finish it off. And I've sown a stack of seeds and am hoping that my growing expertise in this area will mean a more successful year this year.... well one can only hope.
The place is growing, changing, becoming more lush, very very slowly. Just needs time. :)