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Re: Mark and Mal's fabled farm...
« Reply #200 on: April 04, 2014, 08:26:58 am »
In December we built a few green houses... the big white one is now a fully fledged Tree Nursery...
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Re: Mark and Mal's fabled farm...
« Reply #201 on: April 04, 2014, 06:13:42 pm »
So what do you grow in the little green one then? >:D :pot: :lol8:
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Re: Mark and Mal's fabled farm...
« Reply #202 on: April 04, 2014, 08:14:14 pm »
Where do you find the time to ride?All looks like a fairytale coming true.Beautiful indeed.

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Re: Mark and Mal's fabled farm...
« Reply #203 on: April 05, 2014, 05:48:18 am »
So what do you grow in the little green one then? >:D :pot: :lol8:


Blackberries and only plants  ;)  :lol8:
 

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Re: Mark and Mal's fabled farm...
« Reply #204 on: April 05, 2014, 09:14:14 pm »
So what do you grow in the little green one then? >:D :pot: :lol8:


Blackberries and only plants  ;)  :lol8:
Izzzet? :biggrin:... seriously Mark & Judes... you're fulfilling a dream!... keep it up!  :thumleft:
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Re: Mark and Mal's fabled farm...
« Reply #205 on: April 06, 2014, 05:40:25 am »
This is a plant too you know
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Re: Mark and Mal's fabled farm...
« Reply #206 on: April 06, 2014, 06:22:37 am »
As is this...
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Re: Mark and Mal's fabled farm...
« Reply #207 on: April 07, 2014, 06:48:45 am »
Fantastic pics on this page and the previous one , Malibu.  The farm is beautiful, and a dream come true, awesome .  :3some:
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Re: Mark and Mal's fabled farm...
« Reply #208 on: May 13, 2014, 04:05:58 pm »
So, the first 3000 trees should be in the nursery in the next few weeks... Yaaaaayyyyyy!  ;D

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Re: Mark and Mal's fabled farm...
« Reply #209 on: May 13, 2014, 04:07:45 pm »
The Gifts of Mount Olive - A poem about our valley! 

Although our valley is rather small
It’s the richest valley of them all.
We all stand together in sickness and health
Mount Olive’s people are its wealth.
For this is the place we’ve decided to live
And these are the gifts that we’re able to give.

Warwick’s the lettuce man – he grows all our greens
He supplies us with spinach and chillis and beans.
Jenny brings brightness and warm loving hugs
She will feed you and love you and top up your mugs.

Do you need big yellow earth moving machines?
In his shed Danie Noppe has the means.
And beautiful Elmi, when she gets a gap –
She can make you a wonderful aerial map.

Almarie Anderson will give you advice
On how to stay healthy and keep yourself nice.
And Vaughan is our medic (when he’s not in Iraq)
So you can’t break your leg until he gets back!

Has your tractor or bakkie broken down?
Jan can repair them at his workshop in town.
And Charlotte is always happy to bake
Her extra special chocolate cake.

If you’re needing a truck, or a load to be moved,
Graeme is the person whose experience is proved.
Elsa can cater and puts on a feast –
Her pecan nut tart is the best in the East!

Grant and Charmaine give such wonderful “do’s”
When they leave for Malawi, we all get the blues.
Carmen and Kelsey, our beautiful girls
Your love of our family is your gift to our world.

Exotic and lovely is our artist Dalene
She and Carl make a wonderful team.
Michael van Niekerk, he’s our Mike No 3.
And his metal work’s really something to see.

Martin helps with fertilizer if he can
And if bees are your problem, then he is your man.
Dizy’s the wine expert – cute and petite
And she also the champion at doing our feet!

Alan – there’s nothing that he can’t repair
If it’s help you need – he’s always there.
He’s the fire fighting expert, he’ll sort our your pump
And he’ll help you to fix up a leak in your sump.
Val’s gift is with words; she’s the family poet
And she’s also the expert on how to raise goats!

Jilly’s the carer, her home is her pride
She’s a woman of wisdom and God is her guide.
She’s our beacon of light and love profound
Her welcome is warm and her smiles abound. 
(And her chocolate biscuits are the best around!)

Nana’s our centre – the clan matriarch
As our storyteller, she’s made her mark!
She can knit you warm socks or a nice woolly hat
Or lend you a book – but you MUST give it back!
(And we’re all in her prayers to keep us on track.)

Marks’ expertise is varied and wide
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And where to go riding, or do waterfall hikes.

Mike van Rensburg’s an organized man
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He’s also the guy who takes care of our roads
A big thank you for that, we appreciate it loads.
Sally’s an outstanding hostess of note
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Mike Rochat is our chopper mechanic
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Mo and her camera record all the fun
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Gary can build you a house or a mall
Or a skyscraper seventy-eight storeys tall
Ashleigh’s compassion will encourage you to talk
She will help you decide on which path you will walk.

Abigail Anne is a bright little star
She’s your expert on books, and she reads without par.
Sophie’s a whirlwind, our cute drama queen
She’ll be riding wild horses before she’s fifteen.
Dan is our “Man”, he’s a tractor fanatic
He’ll be helping you sort out your new automatic.

Elspeth’s our dairymaid, gentle and kind
Her pets and her animals are loved for all time.
Fiona’s your company trouble-shooting ace
She gives sanctuary to horses and a safe loving place.

So this is Mount Olive, its tapestry glows
With colour and life, as the energy flows
It’s not soil, trees and bushes, it’s gifts and it’s love
And it’s sheltered and blessed by the great God above.


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Re: Mark and Mal's fabled farm...
« Reply #210 on: May 13, 2014, 04:18:23 pm »
I wanna move! :thumleft:
 

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Re: Mark and Mal's fabled farm...
« Reply #211 on: May 13, 2014, 06:44:10 pm »
Tonnes of respect!
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Re: Mark and Mal's fabled farm...
« Reply #212 on: May 14, 2014, 05:45:07 am »
Fantastic pics on this page and the previous one , Malibu.  The farm is beautiful, and a dream come true, awesome .  :3some:

Awesome guys. Great poem. The macadamia nut seems to be in great demand :thumleft:
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Re: Mark and Mal's fabled farm...
« Reply #213 on: June 10, 2014, 04:37:18 am »
Enjoy the deserved blessings Mark & Judy
Super great lifestyle :thumleft:

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Re: Mark and Mal's fabled farm...
« Reply #214 on: June 10, 2014, 07:16:09 am »
Off to the farm this weekend, need to stack out the next area for the 600 trees we are planting after winter. The great thing is that the 600 trees are all from nuts we were given and have been planted in bags 12 months ago. Come summer and they will be ready to put in the ground. Let the digging begin.  ;D
 

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Re: Mark and Mal's fabled farm...
« Reply #215 on: June 10, 2014, 07:28:11 am »
60 dogs - 10 trees each - finished planting in 1 hr ..... then we can go ride all weekend ???
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Re: Mark and Mal's fabled farm...
« Reply #216 on: June 10, 2014, 07:32:46 am »
I LIKE the way you think!  :thumleft:
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Re: Mark and Mal's fabled farm...
« Reply #217 on: June 10, 2014, 07:40:57 am »
Off to the farm this weekend, need to stack out the next area for the 600 trees we are planting after winter. The great thing is that the 600 trees are all from nuts we were given and have been planted in bags 12 months ago. Come summer and they will be ready to put in the ground. Let the digging begin.  ;D

What's the trick to propagating nut trees from seeds? I have some walnut trees that bear well, but are getting old. They still have a few nuts on them currently. How do you get them to sprout?
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Re: Mark and Mal's fabled farm...
« Reply #218 on: June 10, 2014, 07:47:29 am »
With the Mac's we test them by floating them in water, those that float are discarded... some guys grind the nut a little with a grinder, some use warm water, some just plant...
A few weeks later, leaves are sprouting.  We only push half the nut into the soil.
As soon as the stem is thick enough, we graft them.
There is a new technique where they are grafted from seedling, but it has not been tested enough for our liking yet.
I'd imagine there may be a few different techniques for the different nut types...
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Re: Mark and Mal's fabled farm...
« Reply #219 on: June 10, 2014, 07:49:45 am »
OK, You plant in spring I presume, and then graft onto which rootstock?

I see nothing is as simple as you might hope:

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Commercial walnut varieties are grown from specially selected variants ("cultivars") grafted onto a robust root stock (usually American Black Walnut or a walnut hybrid). While some isolated walnut trees grown from seed may produce satisfactory crops, these typically produce trees with poor (or no) nuts worth collecting. While like with other fruiting trees like apples, the very rare variant may produce a "Granny Smith", don't count on it. So don't waste your time trying to propagate from fresh walnuts from your local greengrocer. Very few will germinate and, if they do, the progeny are unlikely to produce usable nuts (and you will only find this gloomy prognosis confirmed several years later).

Probably easier just to buy trees from a nursery.
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