Former compost bin
There were two problems with this design however. Firstly, it was too far away from the house, and secondly, we'd always get compost stuck in parts of the pallet, which we couldn't get out. So we eventually abandoned the bins, dismantled them and built elsewhere.
When I say dismantle, I mean, except for the star pickets.
Star pickets (and David), left...Hilltop (and Peter), right.
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As anyone knows, who has tried to remove star pickets, its somewhat physically challenging. Especially when the ground sets like concrete. So we left them in place for many, many, many, years. That is, until recently.
I had plans for this area, so managed to pull out one star picket, by myself. Then I decided to employ the big guns, aka, David.
He did war with the six other pickets, and I'm glad to say, he finally won!
You will not curse the ground with your metal barbs, again!
Except, I plan to use the star pickets a few metres over, next to Hilltop. It will hold up the trellis, for my new choko vine to climb up. Gee, I hope we don't plan to move the chicken coop, any time soon. Hell would have to freeze over first, but even then - the star pickets will remain!
What I needed to clear the area for however, is to grow chicken feed. I've planted some Buckwheat, French millet, Barley, Amaranth and Sunflower seeds and covered with a fine sprinkling of mulch. I just need the rain to help the germination process along.
In the meantime, I hope the large family of quails which frequent this area, don't find them!
Grevillea, Honey Gem
In the background of the last two images, is a beautiful Grevillea. One of the first plants we actually put in the ground. It's in full flower at the moment, and all the nectar feeding birds and bees, just love it!
It was a lovely Spring day in the yard together, and I hope the rains grace us with their presence, some time soon.