– Is your garden supply all your vegetables& fruits?
Not at this point, because our fruit trees have have been in the ground less than 2 years, and in some cases less than one. However, we have had apples (4 last year), guavas, figs, lemons and feijoas. This year looks promising in terms of fruit set.
We have peaches and plums forming, heaps more figs, hundreds of apple blossoms…
… as well as pear, nectarine, grapefruit, tamarillo, blueberry, and orange blossoms at the moment.
We have already had our first strawberries, and expect continual production from now through Feburary.
We also have raspberries fruiting, and should have grapes forming soon.
This year we should get most of our fruit from our 700 m2 section, and next year we should get all of it.
Regarding vegetables, I’d say we get most of them from our gardens. Although we have had trouble growing potatoes due to cylid aphid. Bear in mind that we started from pure sand, so growing large quantities of vegetables has meant building garden beds with topsoil and compost. We have been continually expanding our garden beds since we arrived less than 2 years ago, including a community garden in our front yard.
– What is the area of your garden?
Good question. I have not measured it, and have not intended to. My best answer is ‘big enough.’
– How do you keep the water in your garden (use mulch, thickness?)?
We use a combination of top soil (about 70 mm), compost, carbon (newspaper and cardboard), and a little hay/straw. When we sheet mulch, we use ample newspaper (free and abundant) but only enough hay to cover the headlines. This system has worked extremely well for us. Last summer we only had to water the garden once or twice. This would be unthinkable on sand.
More questions to be answered next week:
-I haven’t seen such a clever idea for a sun cooker! What is the material of the shell (mirrors? Aluminium sheets?)? Would it be possible to have a draft of the cooker?
-Have you got a workshop in your house? Where did you supply all the tools you needed?
-How much did it cost for your whole renovation? What is your living area (you can include the Deck outside if ou want)?
-What would be your 3 main advices to renovate a house without spending too much money?
-What would be your 3 main advices for a low maintenance-productive garden (fruits trees, chicken moaner, mulch)?
-What were your main mistakes/issues during the renovation?
-How long did it take to renovate the house? (2010 to 2012?)?