An update on our progress with Creek Street Micro-Farm.
A couple of previous Farm Journal posts will connect you with Creek Street – from its earliest days till now.
This schematic of our place shows the layout of everything – except the “back paddock” located to the north of the workshop. I’ll improve this drawing, over time, adding useful detail as I go.
For now, the house is set close to the front fence and a driveway runs the western side of the house block – down to the rear of the workshop. A 10,000 litre rainwater tank is located to the south of our new greenhouse. A BioPod is positioned against the eastern boundary fence. An adjacent truck body is used to store sundry fencing panels, barrels, timber and other materials.
At the back of the house, a pergola area is where we plan to locate our farm kitchen – a multi-function centre in which we’ll do the post-harvest work on the food we grow before it goes into the house. This space will also be set up for cooking and casual entertaining.
We have two round wicking beds and a square foot garden on the northern side of the proposed farm kitchen site – and a 3,000 litre rainwater tank supplies adjacent gardens.
Beyond that, we have a 20′ x 16′ space where our quail breeders are housed. Our 30′ x 20′ workshop is the support centre for our micro-farm. A pond (about 8′ in diameter) and a small garden tool storage shed completes the picture.
We erected a 20′ x 9′ tunnel greenhouse. This is a significant long term goal achieved. While we enjoy good weather most of the year, the greenhouse will give us greater control over our growing environment – and micro-farming is all about environmental control.
We moved, at Jan’s insistence, our quail from their mega bin breeder pen to new digs back in the Quail Hilton. The penthouse suite at the Quail Hilton is now a room with a view.
During April, we also purchased a new incubator and set 100 quail eggs. While the hatch was due in May, I produced a series of Japanese Quail articles so that readers could follow our progress with the incubation.
We’ve fabricated four new 8′ X 3′ (7″ deep) grow beds. We’ve also fabricated steel stands for two of them.
I finally dismantled our Combo system – the recirculating aquaculture system that we’re retiring in favour of our new Queenslander system.
In recent months, Jan has been busy refurbishing the exterior of the house. The labour has come from a variety of sources…..some DIY and some hired. I’m delighted with what she’s achieved – particularly given the amount of money that she’s had for the project.
While the fixed shutters are part of the aesthetics of the house, they also have a very practical energy conservation role to play. They shield the windows from the direct glare of the morning and afternoon sun.
At around $100 per window, they should have a short return on investment in the form of savings on air conditioning costs. We’ll be covering the fixed shutters in greater detail as part of our energy conservation project.
On a general note, the rains have persisted since the end of summer so the grass continues to grow like crazy and the place is generally in good shape.
See you again in May.