Monday, 12 August 2019

Fernmount Food Forest is for Private Sale

Would you like to grow your own healthy, exotic fruit and vegetables? This food forest is nearing maturity. It covers almost an acre (half hectare) on a north facing sloping block. In summer it has a subtropical microclimate and in winter it is protected by its valley position from the worst of the cold winds. It produces a wide variety of fruit, nuts and vegetables.

Private Sale  Ph: 0436 425 224

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The garden/home orchard/food forest has been designed using permaculture principles. 

Close to the house (in Zone 1) there are raised beds for growing subtropical, perennial, green, vegetables:
 Surinam Spinach, Malabar Spinach, Okinawa Spinach, Warrigal Greens, Perennial Capsicum, Chaya Spinach Tree, Stevia, Longevity Spinach. Herbs such as Rosemary, Thyme, Lemon Balm and Chives are scattered near the house.

Annual Leaf Amaranth and Perennial Shallots, Pineapples, Olives, Blueberries and Onions are also growing in Zone 1

Also in Zone 1 are Persimmon, Bamboo (edible shoots) Olives, Pineapples, a Forest Pansy (edible flowers), Blueberries and Nasturtiums.

Down the main path (Zone 2) there are some terraced gardens with beans, yam bean, rocket, leaf amaranth, garlic chives and perennial onions presently flourishing.

Zone 3 has fruit and nut trees. The variety of trees in various microclimates and the number of species provides a constant food harvest rather than a glut of fruit at any one harvest period. 

The area above the main path has 300 square metres of drip irrigation fed by pump-out from the ‘worm inoculated’ waste system. That area has a huge range of citrus trees (oranges, blood oranges, mandarins, kumquats, kaffir lime, limes, sweet limes, grapefruit, lemonade, finger limes)  as well as Cavendish and Lady Finger Bananas, Custard Apples, Kiwi Fruit, Black Sapote, Pomegranate, Dragon Fruit, Kwai Muk, Wax Jambu, Soursop, Macadamia Nuts and Pecan Trees.

Below the wide, main path (designed for vehicle use if necessary) is an intensively planted variety of fruit and nut trees including Star Fruit, Custard Apples, Rollinia, Cherimoya, Apples (on the colder lower slope), Peaches, Nectarines, Japanese Plums, Davidson Plum, Herbert River Cherry, Blue Java Banana, Choko, Tamarillos, Mamey Sapote, Abiu, Amla, Jack Fruit, Pitomba and Avocado.

A small dam serves as a water resource backup if required. The dam and nearby native trees provide a haven for insect eating birds (Zone 4).  Throughout the garden salvias and other plants also attract bees and birds. Plants are specifically grown for cut and drop mulch including, salvias, Vetiver Grass and Tithonia. A hive of native bees (behind the useful steel shed) assists with pollination.

Seven taps are connected to the pressure pump on the 22 500 L rainwater tank (with an option for town water top-up when required) and a mains pressure tap is sited at the water meter.

This food forest/home orchard has beauty, privacy and productivity. 

Drone footage by Peter Hardinge

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Sunday, 11 August 2019

Some flowers & fruits grown at the Fernmount Food Forest.


Forest Pansy is said to have edible flowers


Carambola (Star Fruit)

Sweet Lime





Small White Guava




Cape Gooseberry

Perennial Capsicum

French Marigold

Nanking Cherry just before flower bud burst

Water Feature with Violas

Black Sapote (Pic by Peter Hardinge)

Citrus (Pic by Peter Hardinge)

Centradenia - Spanish Shawl

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

A stroll in very early Spring in the Bellinger River Valley.

Despite that it is still the first week of August it is very early Spring on the Coffs Coast. In the Fernmount Food Forest fruit trees are bursting into flower if they are receiving some northern sun.

 All through Winter self sown Amaranth have thrived in a sunny spot.

Dwarf White Peach

Friday, 2 August 2019

Ornamentals for early August on the Coffs Coast


 Spring is almost here. Some peaches and plums are flowering. These ornamental plants thrive in our mild Coffs Coast winters.

Justicia aurea

Jade (Fine Leaved)

Portulacaria afra

Jade Plant

Purple Tibouchina flowers with red Acalypha leaves behind.

Bright Nasturtium with red Irisene leaves

Elegant Furcrea leaves with red Penta flowers

Baby Donkeys Ears growing in a crack.

The last small Bromeliad flower.

Edibles August 1, 2019

A few edibles found on a stroll around the food forest. Spring is almost here. Some peaches and plums are flowering.

Amarillo Chili
 Longevity Spinach is still reliable in a spot with some sun. Here Chickweed grows beneath. It is also a useful green edible.

Perennial edibles
Longevity Spinach with Chickweed below

The Yellow Passionfruit are dropping but not all are ripe.

Yellow Passionfruit

 We have a variety of citrus trees producing at the moment: Oranges, Seville Oranges, Lemons, Kumquat, Sweet Australian Limes, Mandarines, Grapefruit and Meyer Lemon.

Villa Franca Lemon

Monday, 22 July 2019

Video: A winters stroll in the Fernmount Food Forest.

A stroll in midwinter through a food forest on the border of subtropical/warm temperate NSW, Australia. This 11 year old forest has developed a canopy. Some subtropical perennial vegetables thrive under the canopy.

The actual video is less than six minutes.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Winter light is dramatic in the food forest.

Orange Browallia

Donkeys' Ears

Sold as Slender Weavers Bamboo, but...?

Maple with seed clusters

Slender Weavers Bamboo

Eucalypts in the distance

Doughnut Peach with earliest stone fruit blossom

Long rush like leaves of Typha spp

Rough cobbled path  near small dam


Young foliage of Lychee in our mild winter

Bed of overflow channel is well planted to prevent erosion with Dietes, Acalypha, Arundo donax and more