Emu Valley Newsletter – February 2017
AROUND THE GARDEN
Welcome back to what has been a fairly mild summer….so far! We have started irrigating but nowhere near the amount that we normally would at this time of the year, but this is a good sort of complaint to have if you ask me!
Our annual bale carting outing started last week consisting of 2 trips out and back and we’re only half way there with the same amount of bales needed again (plus a few more). Luckily the volunteers that are involved in this project are fit and fun loving and are always willing to give so much of their time and energy into the days that are needed to get the bales back to the garden for mulching around new plantings and on the banks. Thank you to all involved yet again!
We have undertaken a new weed management strategy this last 6 months and whilst the process may seem a little time consuming to some, the outcome and benefits speak for themselves! We will now complete the mulching of these weed free areas to restrict the weed growth and to focus on new surroundings which will have the same outcome. The time and research invested in this approach has been so very beneficial and has not gone unnoticed. We started at the top of the garden up at the water tanks in Europe and will work our way along Nepal, Tibet, Sichuan and so on, eventually down into the centre of the garden if weather and funds allows us to.
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