Island scaping

I’m off to the island again this weekend to do some landscaping. I’ve got 10 cubic metres of pebbles to spread and 2 cubic metres of organic compost soil mix in my trailer. The gravel will go onto a hardstand area and in the bottom of drainage trenches. The soil is to mix in with the existing soil for the trenches I’ve dug for hedges around the boundary.

Here is the old jeep with the trailer full of soil. I brought the canoe over with me today.


Lots of work to do on the island. My land sits on the highest part of the island and looks out to the bay. How is this for a view! Plenty of nice cool breezes in the summer.


I’ve been digging trenches around the entire perimeter of the block ready to plant hedges. I could have taken the easy way out and by digging individual holes for the plants but this way i ensure consistency. I added the organic compost soil to the existing soil and will push it all back in with a bit of chook poo. Here is one of the trenches ready for filling. Note the original red soil and the organic black soil added. Locals tell me it’s unnecessary since the red soil is extremely fertile, but I figure it can’t hurt to have a little imported stuff.


Cutty is relegated to the back of the jeep while work is being done otherwise she gets too dirty. She does love the island though.


I’m putting a fair bit of gravel in the bottom of the trenches to ensure good drainage.


And more mixing of the organic compost soil so the hedges get off to a good start.


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