"Morning Mist" 840 Back Eildon Road, EILDON
The garden is now about 16 years old and it is five years since we last participated in Open Gardens. Instead of a young garden and immature trees it has now developed into a mature park like setting.
When we moved to Eildon our ambition was to live a simple life, grow some veggies and have a few chickens and fresh eggs.
Over the ensuing years we have established a peaceful, amazing, productive place to live and thrive. Our grand-children love to pick and eat fresh from the garden and experience close encounters with a vast array of wildlife right at their fingertips.
The block we purchased was completely cleared with only grass growing from previous years of grazing. The river could not be accessed because of the wild black berries and other exotic weeds and thistles.
We then established an enclosed area of approximately 40 fruit and nut trees that also houses happy chooks. This symbiotic relationship works with the chooks keeping the grubs, snails and other pests under control whilst the enclosure keeps out the foxes and birds, enabling us to produce a wonderful array of products.
We have also established a substantial vegetable garden which provides an abundance of high quality, great tasting, seasonal fresh vegetables which we use immediately or turn into an array of jams, jellies, chutney and sauces to use at a later date.
To assist with self-sufficiency we installed rain water tanks to collect crystal clear water for domestic use, a water treatment plant, a diesel generator as power back up, solar power and hot water.
This is a working garden in a magnificent location with a great ambiance. There is a large assortment of over 70 roses, a mixture of native and exotic trees including a thriving Wollemi Pine (living fossil) as well as an established fruit, vegetable and berry garden.
Our dream was to be as self-sufficient as possible … I think we are there!