The following images are the same view showing the development over the last few years from July 2012. Scroll to the bottom for the latest.
Fires Ready, see the previous garden in the foreground – July 2012 (photo below)
Our Blank Canvas – September 2012 (photo below)
Pad for Garden Shed RHS. Steel on site. – October 2012 (photo below)
Concrete Slab for Garden Shed done & Fence Corner Posts concreted in place. – October 2012 (photo below)
Shed Frame is up, Wire Mesh Fencing Done. Corrugated iron will fill in the bottom of the fence and be buried down into a trench. – October 2012 (photo below)
Trenching done for substantial underground water reticulation covering the whole garden, deep enough to dig a fork in and not hit a pipe. Some 15 taps in all, one in the centre of each mandala, and throughout the garden area in convenient positions. The water is now connected and trenches being filled in. – November 2012 (photo below)
Seedling Shed completed and operating, Chook Dome Tractor underway, Mandala layout begins. – March 2013 (photo below)
Mandala One Planted & Growing, Chook Dome Indexing Around. – May 2013 (photo below)
Mandala Two is underway, the Chook Dome is indexing around in the full figure of eight. The fence is now completed so no critters can get in. – July 2013 (photo below)
Mandala Three black-plastic to kill off weeds. Raised garden bed for sweet potato started up the back. – August 2013 (photo below)
The Chook Dome has done one complete figure of eight lap, six months since starting. Mandala Two up the back powering. Road around the outside of fence is completed. – October 2013 (photo below)
Two Chook Domes . . . we have 2 domes now, however as yet Mandala Three & Four are not started, so one Dome will be cruising casually around “off garden”, wet season is near – January 2014 (photo below)Had plenty of rain from Cyclone Ita, so much mulching, mowing & controlling growth. – April 2014 (photo below)
Chookhouse breeding cages are under construction and just visible on other side of seedling shed. Two Mandalas with one dome moving in a figure of 8 is producing ample vegies for us plus some surplus. – July/August 2014 (photo below) 2 years of development at a part time pace.
Preparation on Mandalas 3 & 4 (LHS) is beginning – Sept 2014 (photo below)
Wet Season has arrived – Jan 2015 (photo below)
Very short wet season this year, now warm beautiful days. Expansion on the seedling shed completed, showing a doubling of the size of covered sun sheet and shade cloth areas. Also Mandalas 3 and 4 on the LHS are starting to form, with the dome circulating, & seedlings planted after it – April 2015 (photo below)
Getting cooler nights after a mizzerly few weeks. Mandala 4 (back LHS) is fully planted Mandala 3 (front LHS where dome on left is) is just finishing a wild crop of stunning pumpkins. – June 2015 (photo below)
Frost this morning, hoping it’ll be the last of the season, Mandala 3 and 4 both powering, generally very good crops from them for the first ‘dome’ lap around. – August 2015 (photo below)
This year we are having a cool wet October and the garden is looking lush, and the surrounding bush has returned to green. The garden is looking ship shape in readiness for the inaugural DMK Garden Gate Market Day. We literally set up our market stall at our garden gate, not farm gate, but garden gate! – October 2015 (photo below)
We’ve had a taste of wet season but need a lot more rain. Garden and surrounds all green, many seedlings being planted. – January 2016 (photo below)
Below is what we started with . . .