Creating temporary propagation space


     
  There are many large rocks in the ground on this property. Some of them stick out of the ground and cause damage to cars. So after putting a hole in my sump and ceasing my engine we decided to flatten the car park properly. The huge rocks were used to build the retaining wall behind the house (left). Across the carpark are the beginnings of the propagation area, while to the left (off pic) is a huge pile (~ 100 cubic metres) of clay soil. Beneath this pile is the future retail nursery.
     
Pile of clay on left. Retail nursery area fenced off with electric fence (to keep the cows away from our yummy plants).
 
     
  A practical use for large rocks. These babies are lying on their flat sides for added stability (ie, what you see is the short end of the rock).
This is our backyard. Before it was excavated, when it rained heavily the water would rush down the hill and directly towards our backdoor - too close for comfort. The permanently muddy patch in the middle of the wall (the bend) will be turned into a pond and fountain area.
The gigantic fig in the background provides early shade and a pleasant microclimate in summer. There are many orchids, ferns and epiphytes on this property and in our collection which will be transferred to the rockwall environment as a permanent display.
     
Shadehouses are easy and cheap to construct. Ram in two rows of starpickets with the rows max 4m apart and the segments maximum 2m apart. Cut some 2" polypie and slip it over the pegs. use wire to stabilise the whole thing and then slip over a large sheet of shadecloth. Use mulch to keep the floor tidy.  
     
  These plants just loved the move into their new home.