The Manchurian Pear outside our house is putting on a snowy, white, Spring show. Can't you just feel it in the air; the light, the warmth, the blossoms...roll on Spring and Summer and real tomatoes.
Underneath the tree is a driveway and trailer full of bags of sheep poo. Gunning Gold it is called. A local public school in Gunning sells bags of sheep poo to raise funds to buy books for their library. We order every year and it is a fabulous service. They deliver the bags in August and eventually most of the bags will make their way down to the garden once I've finished cropping the Winter vegetables and begun the bed rotation for spring and summer.
I have an 8 year, 4 bed rotation system that I set up when we used to keep chickens and ducks at the community garden. Some of you who have followed along for a few years, know that I no longer keep my poultry in the community garden. But when I did, I needed an eight year rotation plan because the usual four year, four bed rotation plan was made more difficult by having to rotate the chicken pen as well. It took me hours and hours of brain bending time to work out - and so, once we removed the chicken pen, I decided to maintain the rotation plan and instead of two beds for chickens I'd keep two beds fallow every summer. On these beds I store the hay, sheep poo, stakes, and compost.
If you look closely at the photo above you'll notice broken branches from majestic Manchurian just lying in the driveway. During the first six months of the renovations we managed to get two concrete trucks, numerous utes, a delivery of bricks, and two diggers up the side of the house, and under this tree without loosing a single branch. And then just recently we got a delivery of recycled timber for our deck and SNAP - a branch was lost. You can see the broken stump on the tree. Poor thing. But still, it's pretty magic. And we all need a bit of pruning sometimes.