Our neighbours embarked on a very ambitious building project which left us with, among other things, a very large, ugly wall to disguise. We have been trying to come up with a plan to make it look less like a prison exercise yard and more like a family friendly place to hang out in.
As I have written here before, my heart an soul yearns to be in the country and I have a passion for homegrown food. This weekend we have planted two fig trees and two apricot trees along the wall. They are still small but should double in height when fully grown. The hedge is an Australian native called a lily-pilly or bush cherry. The fruit of this variety can be made into jams or cordials.
We now have an orange tree, a lemon tree, a cherry tree, two varieties of apple, a quince tree, 2 native lime trees, a mulberry tree and an olive tree, as well as the newly planted fruit trees. I have Swiss chard (a type of silver beet) in a tub as well as curly kale. The large tubs that the trees came in are going to be put to use to grow potatoes. Not too bad for an inner city garden!
The plan was to have chickens but Ashley is going to be having major surgery soon so they will have to wait.
I also planted jasmine to climb the wall next to the bench and hope to create a mosaic mural to go above it. We are getting a good combination of rain and gentle sunshine at the moment so hopefully our garden will thrive.