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The move from city to coun­try has been lib­er­at­ing for Nikki and her fam­ily. “While I like the ‘good things’ from our Mel­bourne home that are locked up in stor­age, I don’t miss them and don’t think they’d add to our life here,” she says. “Hav­ing a smaller house is good, as our time is taken up out­side on our nev­erend­ing lit­tle farm projects – the chicken coop, my fab­u­lous new ‘sheshed’ and our huge vegie patch that is con­stant work and re­ward.“

The re­wards in­clude figs, pears, nec­tarines and ap­ples, along with sea­sonal crops like toma­toes, leeks, spinach, broc­coli, zuc­chini and plenty of herbs. Weeding the vegie gar­den is the most time-con­sum­ing and ur­gent job for the fam­ily, but keep­ing it well mulched helps re­duce weeds. And “amaz­ing fer­tiliser” is pro­vided by their chick­ens. “It all comes full cir­cle, as the chick­ens get the ex­cess of what we can’t eat or give to the in-laws and friends,” Nikki says.

OUT­SIDE Fresh fruit

The golden de­li­cious ap­ple tree bears a boun­ti­ful crop ev­ery year – as long as Nikki nets it be­fore the pos­sums tuck in!

OUT­SIDE End­less vista Huge neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties ex­tend the views from Nikki’s smaller block.

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