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.
Thursday 21 November 2019
Garden Visit to Nick's food forest in Repton
Nick's food forest in Repton
A warm Saturday for us in Repton began a little smokey, but eventually a welcome seabreeze lifted the atmosphere.
started us off with an outline of his garden challenges and endeavours,
describing how he manages water collection & dispersal. We saw two
stainless steel water tanks and Nick uses a small tank as his first
flush diversion. Water from this tank is then used for watering food
crops. The garden has definite drier and wetter zones and little
watering takes place apart from watering in new plants and utilisation
of grey water. An old tank has been converted into a pond that overflows
to provide water into the wetter part of the garden.
identified the various microclimates, he plants with quick growing top
covers & successional understories. Nick starts his shade canopy
with weedy plants such as wild tobacco bush and Senna. This is followed
by quick growing natives such as bleeding heart and then by the plants
from the food forest such as pigeon peas, macadamias and fruiting plants
including the yellow jaboticaba which confused many a fruit loving seed
amelioration techniques were also discussed. The grass was smothered
with sweet potato which kept the soil covered. Organic matter was then
increased by adding chipped tree mulch, and chopping and dropping the
plants mentioned previously mentioned. Nick is an avid composter and
To finish off, we all trooped back up to the verandah for a well earned lunch.