Where we are
The cultivation process involves a number of steps interspersed with ripping
and installation of irrigation pipes:
Ripping for shelter and cropping trees
Fourth ploughing, sow fescue seed, roll out
This page shows the progress of the cultivation phase so far......
...both good and bad. A shelter belt removed before we purchased the
land resurfaces after cultivation and will require removal by hand! Another
job for us to follow on from the stock race. This is where a farmbike
or ute starts to look seriously attractive.....
other shelter belt, which cuts through the middle of the property, was
partially removed in order to allow the western most series of blocks
to be cultivated. Should make for a merry bonfire come winter...
start of the driveway - marking it out with bamboo stakes. About 300 metres
all in all, a fair hike from the door for the morning paper! The driveway
will go through the front native/tree area and two hazelnut blocks, so
we are hoping it will be a pretty enough drive.
28 February. It looks a little better now -
although not without incident. We went out on
24/2 to catch up with recent progress and the
well drilling. We drove up the driveway to the
well site - and encountered a lot of well concealed
ruts and snags which nearly ripped the bottom
out of the car. We need that ute! We decided
to avoid this as we left by driving down the
side of it, over the cultivated part, and got
all the way to the front before realising that
there was a metre deep trench we would have
to negotiate in order to get out. Back to plan
one.... But by the weekend the driveway was
looking a lot better and was comfortably driveable.
March. Nice and level for the start of winter.
Wonder what the rain will do to it.