Hello all, I'm new here and thought I'd better introduce my self. We live in the Lockyer Valley SEQ, on 2.5 acres that I'm slowly developing. I've made some mistakes and have a heap to do but hey, that's half the fun. I'm 47 and have been a Dog Handler in the RAAF for going on 25 years now. I love my patch (the wife ISIN'T a gardner ) so It's only me pottering around. I took some photo's after a storm yesterday hope you enjoy. These are my little native bee's. I have atop bar bee hive I built but at the moment I'm not ready for honey bee's so that project is on hold. I've started to strike cuttings of my natives. Westringa's, emu bush etc and am spreading these around for my bee's. Lots of rosemary and I've found that the Blue Banded bee's love it. Another project is a Bee hotel. I've made use of free plants where I could and have spread others like the agapanthus, yucca's and frangpani. The yucca's make fantastic habitat for critters and I've even had crested pigeons nesting in them. This is making use of a bit of crappy soil. This was spoil from the house build. I did have a Kobu cactus on it but have re thought it. Now I have planted lavender, and natives. I LOVE dragon fruit and after some fails with non producing varieties I've settled on a few good ones. The one on the left is a red and the right one is white (Empty wicking bed in the middle). I've also bought a few different DF from Red Fox Pitayas before she moved (Thats where the bee's come from) My growing/propagating lab. This will move to the veg patch. The veg patch is getting a rethink and referb. Being on tank water I'm making the use of wicking beds with only a few normal beds (thats why I like Dragon Fruit) This bed will stay Snake Beans, Lemon Grass and Comfrey My VERY productive Limes, Tahitians and Kaffir. I also have some midyim berry plants next to the limes. I've managed to get some of the tiny seeds from the midyim berry to germinate and will spread them around as they grow. Future quail pen my son and I knocked out. It gets very dusty so I'm going to pave it and add deep litter. Current chook pen but I'm retinking this as well.Plan is to make a chook tractor (fox proof) so I can spread the love. They are in the back paddock where I want to do a food forrest. The ladies out for a forage And this is Doug....he's the reason there is so much electric fence tape around the garden beds.