If you’ve happened to read the ‘MEET ME’ part of my website before this very post, you will already know that we live on 2.5 acres on a mountain on the stunning Sunshine Coast hinterland. We are obsessed with this place and know how blessed we are to call it home. We live in a very giving and active community, we have made beautiful friendships, and we love that home is a place of peace, space and surrounded by nature, cows and good people!
Our land is on a gentle slop with a lot of grass! It used to be an old avocado farm, but was completely cleared and not one avocado tree was left standing. So we started here with just grass, actually first it was mud and then grass grew up eventually. Thank goodness cause those muddy footprints can drive anyone mad after a while 🙂 Gradually over time we have planted gardens and done many, many hours of mowing! We also got our hands on a zero-turn ride-on mower early on! Judah loves to jump on the mower with his dad and do the steering while Kirk finds weeds!
One of the joys of living here on the mountain is having the space for a big veggie patch. We were very ambitious pre-baby and fenced off quite a sizeable plot! Problem was finding the actual time to maintain it! When we first had our vegetable garden it was bursting with veg and herbs as up here on the mountain our land thrives on volcanic soil. It was our first go at a proper patch and we planted everything…even the veggies that we don’t usually eat! Then our son was born and during those early newborn days the patch got so neglected that we were only successfully growing weeds and grass. I hear thistle soup is amazing though! Recently we got stuck into the wood chips which has helped keep some of the weeds at bay and made veggie gardening a little more manageable. Our limited time in the patch is now focused on the actual food-growing and not pulling out naughty grass and weeds.
Of course, Judah likes to be hands on in the patch and climb wood chip mountains with his little rake and help his dad fix the fences that the neighbour’s cows knocked over. Our chooks are free-rangers and we get a lot of hares up here who enjoy dining on our greens so a fence is pretty essential and actually keeps them out!