Country estate in the Southern Highlands

Country estate in the Southern Highlands

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Southern Highlands, NSW
Welcome to my world. I am a young Shi Tzu puppy who lives in considerable comfort at Lynwood Farm with THEM. I’m fascinated by the way people live - in the rooms they build, the gardens they plant, the treasures they collect and the comfort they create. THEY give me the complete run of the house, so I will be able to show you lots of pictures of life at Lynwood.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

wealth from waste

Spring has sprung at Lynwood Farm and everything in the garden is about to pop, thanks in large part to the compost HE makes from all the prunings and garden refuse.
It is a daily excursion to the shed and HIS trusty tractor to turn this treasure-ish stuff, which in no time at all is broken down into crumbling, sweet smelling compost for the whole garden.

HE is a master compost-maker -and I dont say that just because I help HIM drive the trusty tractor. 
Spring also brings the fun of visiting other gardens, another treat for THEM - its such a lovely way to pass an afternoon or a holiday.
Have you read the fabulous Janelle McCulloch blog about the garden tour (and lots of other interesting things) Janelle is planning to take to England next year ? It sounds riveting not only for fab gardens but the charming hotels and the insider shopping tips. Janelle is a fountain of information and enormously generous with said information, which is why her blog and ALL those books she has written are such faves, especially her kitchen gardening book (not to mention her guide to Paris).

Here we are leaving the shed (can you see the pile of cuttings behind, which will soon be put in to the chipper as the first step in being made in to wonderful mulch).

HE has three bays, where the green cuttings and grass clippings start in one, and gradually move to the final stage. It only takes about 6 weeks to transform the waste in to a delicious black mulch. Here you can see the heat generated from the decomposition process.

HE is very proud of his idea to put a metal bar at the base of the bay, so the tractor blade doesnt dig in to the soil.

I love the sweet smell from fresh compost ! it also makes a nice little snack for Bella and me.

And this is what the compost produces (can you see it on the vegetable beds ?)

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