About Bellingen Seedsavers

We are a group of like-minded growers of edible and useful heritage plant varieties in the Bellingen area of northeast New South Wales, Australia.

Our climate varies from frost-free coastal areas to inland river valleys and highlands with frosts. Bellingen has an average annual rainfall of 1507ml.

Friday 22 March 2013

A visit to a Dorrigo farm: vegetables and poultry

Following a very successful plant-fair stall the previous week, Bellingen Seedsavers made a garden visit to Jodi and Michael's farm. This provided a fascinating look at how annual and perennial vegetables are grown in small market garden quantities.

We all found this mother duck fascinating.

The Dorrigo garden viewed from the road

Chicken tractors are used to prepare the garden beds.

A bank of green manure, salvias and comfrey.
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Narrow pathways and edging save valuable space.

A recycled timber pergola makes a perfect spot for Kiwi fruit and beans.

Annual vegetables are planted after the chickens.

Water is scarce, the volcanic soil drains quickly, so irrigation is necessary.
Enriching compost is made directly on the beds.

Before digging, black plastic solarises the Kikuyu grass.

The chicken tractor in the background matches the width of the garden beds.

Yacon is boiled down to a syrup..

A chicken tractor prepares for an orchard
Penned chickens prepare the soil.

Comfrey is cut to provide a green mulch.

This chicken tractor is moved each day.

Jodi demonstrates the 'broadfork'.

Michael demonstrates the sharpening method for his scythe.

The scythe was remarkably light, silent and efficient.

Jodi shows a tool that 'blocks' seedling mix in cubes.
A greenhouse of Jodi's seedlings.

Seedlings thrive in the 'blocked' mix at front.
Irene studies Jodi's cucumbers, beans and tomatoes.

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