LIFE ON THE LAND
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.