What I have to work with

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This is what I plan to turn into my backyard farm, a challenge and then some.  Lots of nothing and a few random trees.  It reminds me of that lovely French movie Jean de Florette.  Our hero comes to Provence with his family to farm a piece of land his mother has left him.  The locals are sceptical.

“What do you know about farming?”

Jean pulls himself up defensively, waves a battered old book and says

“Nothing” he says, “but I have the manual”

I have the manual.  Manuals I have.  I have enough manuals to stretch end to end back to Joburg, but it doesn’t help if you read the manual and don’t listen to what it says.

For instance :  Make a plan before you start digging because then you won’t position your herb bed where it catches the shade from the house for most of the day, as seen below

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That building next door is the subject of a protracted dispute over a late estate and will probably never be painted, but I think it has a certain gothic charm.  However, the bed I dug up and covered in cardboard mulch is in the shade most of the day, so will only be suitable for salads and rhubarb.  Hardship.

This property has a number of strange structures, a wonderful workshop type shed, which in these parts we call a “pondokkie”, and … and an outhouse

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And then there’s the wildlife, this is the lesser spotted felix gingeratis prowling his new domain.

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About NIDS LOVE BIG EYES

South African writer, crafter and all round animal lover
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2 Responses to What I have to work with

  1. Dani says:

    Thank goodness they didn’t leave the bucket below the outhouse seat… 🙂

    • NIDS LOVE BIG EYES says:

      What they did was bury their debris in the very area where I started digging a raised bed, so I found a lot of plastic bags and assorted gnarly stuff, but heck, it’s all compost isn’t it? Thanks for the visit Dani, I’m not a very regular blogger, but I am making progress with my little “agterplaas”.

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