Friday, 31 May 2019

The Autumn Garden

By Chris R. 

As winter approaches, the sheep and cows can be seen breathing smoke in the morning sun and the chickens resting tightly together in their straw filled boxes. 

Autumn sunset at PVAS

Temperatures reach as low as 2C on clear nights during May and the garden canopy is rapidly changing colour from green to red and yellow with the cold autumn mornings.  

The Hawthorn

Hawthorn berries

Some of our favourite autumn plants are the Cretaegus (hawthorn), pear trees (various fruiting varieties for the Valley residents), poplars and the gold Gleditsia – all of which are fire resistant, providing summer shade and winter sun to the Valley's birds and animals.

Chrysanthemums in the Memorial Garden

Judas tree and pomegranate in fruit

The veggie patch has been rejuvenated in the hope of winter rain. Peas, lettuce, silverbeet and beans have been planted and are doing well thanks to copious cow manure and straw which prevents weed growth without chemicals. 

London Plane tree turning yellow


 We are looking forward to more rain in the coming months, allowing further plantings for a spring harvest.  

London Plane tree and poplar over sheep enclosures

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