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Open Garden at Traveston – 9am to 11am, 18th June 2017
June 18 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AMGold Coin Donation
Permaculture Noosa is pleased to invite members and friends to a tour of long time member Mel Hobbins’ wonderful garden including an extensive orchard and vegetable garden. Mel is a master gardener and garden researcher. He has recently added a dam stocked with native fish to the property, which is sure to interest many of the permaculture community.
Here is Mel’s description of the property:
A 30 acre property, that was part of a 200 acre Grazing and Fruit Farm which was sub-divided some 30 years ago and overlooks Woondum National Park and is in the upper catchment of Dingo Creek, part of the Six Mile/Mary River system. We moved to the property 12 years ago, Mel direct from UK.
The bulk of the property is given over to grazing for Estelle’s horses. The Orchard and Veggie areas occupy about 4 acres and the hardwood plantation and rainforest plantings a further 6 acres.
A wide range of cool season and tropical veggies are grown in both traditional beds and food forest type plantings.
The wide variety of fruit and nut trees now number well over 100 and include citrus that were budded at our grafting workshop in 2016.
The huge amount of mulch required is produced on site comprising hay collected from paddocks or from the extensive plantings of East Indian Lemongrass, grown specifically for the purpose. Mel will demonstrate the harvesting and processing of the latter.
Composting and general soil improvement are an ongoing activity on the property and again the different styles/methods will be on display.
There should be a good selection of citrus ready for tasting but with the tropical fruits it will be in the hands of “mother nature”, so fingers crossed.
For anybody interested in trees or just a lovely walk there will an opportunity, after the main event, to take a walk along the developed wild life corridors and through Mel’s developing Rainforest.
It was June 2014 when the property was first opened to the Permaculture Group so it will interesting to hear how others feel it has developed over the 3 years.
Brief directions: travelling from Cooran on the Traveston Road, turn right, at the Traveston Village sign into Howe Road, which passes under the railway line. At the junction with Noosa Road, turn Left….we are the second property, third driveway on the right.
Please try and car share as Parking will on site……there is NO on road parking!