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In the famous words of The A Team ... 'I love it when a plan comes together!'

I feel this way and lots of excitement when I do a consult for someone and they really embrace the session and great things result. On Thursday September 1st, I did a Garden Consult in Marsden, Brisbane for a lovely young family who were unsure of the potential of their site.

They had grown some produce and kept chickens in the past, but were seeking some direction and inspiration to do more with their site, and needed a vision to go to the next level. We explored potential future layout for new garden beds, fruit trees, trellises, a new chicken run and much more. We also focused heavily on marrying their desired lifestyle with these positive changes, including a beautiful revamped entertaining area, surrounded by herbs and veggies at their fingertips for the BBQ and visiting family and friends. Child friendly and safety were also important.

We covered a lot of ideas and goals, a lot of ground and urban farm design features. They have since ticked some awesome boxes on their site, giving new life to tired fruit trees, constructed new raised garden beds and daily been working on a healthier, happier, more functional home and garden.

Thank you, well done and BIG thumbs up to Sally and Grant for choosing to get professional support in stepping up to achieve a wonderful new urban farm. The proof will be in the pudding to come. Sally's healthy choc treats were certainly a delish perk of the job also!

If you have fruit trees in your backyard that bats and possums are likely to want to eat, the best way to protect your fruit trees without harming wildlife is to use 30-50% shadecloth pegged or tied tightly over the fruiting branches. Fruit will still ripen, but animals cannot reach under it, and it can be stored away easily until the following year. Use proper fruit bags, flowerpots cut up the side and placed over large fruit like a bell. But please never use black monofilament nets.

Incorrectly erected netting kills hundreds of flying-foxes and other wildlife every year in backyards. Hungry nocturnal wildlife cannot see the dark fine netting and become entangled in it quickly. Most suffer cruel injuries trying to free themselves, such as ripped wings, broken bones, swollen mouths and bleeding – this mostly happens to feeding mothers and their babies. Remember: flying-foxes are a protected species and must not be harmed. Never use netting – it kills!

If you find an injured or sick flying fox or any bat, please contact the Bat Rescue Hotline urgently on 0488 228 134 and for more info please visit www.bats.org.au