Hi From SW Victoria in Australia
Hi Folks, Nice to find a like minded group to share ideas with.
I am recently retired and just moved onto a country 3/4 acre of fruit and nut trees.
I chose this place for its underground water and established trees- didn't care what the house was like but now find it costing me heaps in renovations as borers have eaten it out from under.
I have installed three water tanks, a chookshed and am having a bore put in, as it seems water is less than 20 mt down and very reliable here. My neighbour has a similar block and it is all LAWN !!! Aghhhh He waters it constantly so it is very green. I am wondering about a solar pump for the bore. Anyone have experience with these?
The ground is great - very fertile with rich highly volcanic soil. So far I have struck lots of fig trees and am growing small leaved Lillypillies for hedge/windbreak to the west, and maybe to swap, I have heaps on the go.
I am also having to learn to live with new bugs here as I came from a desert environment in the Wimmera - no snails there - too dry.
Now I have slugs, snails and zillions of harlequin bugs - any ideas for controlling them organically?