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Landsdale
Farm School

"Down to Earth"

Herb Garden

Our herb garden is the perfect place to relax, but it's also full of interesting sights, smells and textures. Use all your senses!

The herb beds are divided according to their uses including medicinal, culinary, cosmetic, insecticidal, household, flowering and decorative. Don’t forget to read the herb labels for more information. The beds are built up so that people with mobility difficulties do not have to bend down to access the herbs.

You will also notice many herbs growing to a size much larger than you would anticipate. Many of our visitors remark on the variety of plants.

The Sensory Garden has many sensory and aromatic plants. Look out for the "feel me" and "smell me" tags, but don’t forget to look at the various leaf shapes and sizes, and interesting vein patterns. Please don't pick the leaves, just squeeze them gently between your fingers to release the aromatic oils.

In the centre of the herb garden is a Garden Pavilion where you are welcome to sit and enjoy morning tea, lunch or a snack. BBQs are available.

Vegetable Garden

Many of the vegetable plots are cleared, planted and maintained by children from schools who visit regularly. The types and varieties of vegetables will depend on the season. Children are encouraged to look at the vegetables as they grow and to identify the developing fruit, focusing on the part of the vegetable that they eat: the leaves (lettuce), seeds (peas), stems (celery), flowers (broccoli), roots (carrots) or fruit (tomatoes).

The vegetables grown in the garden are constantly changing and those on display will greatly depend on the time of the year. The farm offers a valuable experience for seeing first-hand the growth habits of many vegetables from seedling to seed production (this explains why the plants look a little scruffy at times).

Don't forget to visit the crop rotation system of beds. Long ago farmers discovered that crop rotation was an effective way to keep soil fertile while preventing the build-up of diseases and pests. Plants are divided into four groups -- brassicas, legumes, root crops and fruit and flower vegetables. Together with the fallow plot this allows for a simple five plot crop rotation plan.

Orchard

We have fruit trees that are well-suited to our climate and our soil type. They therefore require minimal care. These include predominantly citrus, including several types of oranges, mandarin, lemon, grapefruit, tangelo, lime and cumquat trees.

A few exotic fruit such as mango, avocado, custard apple, sapote, fig, babaco and persimmon. The trees are still relatively young and are not all bearing fruit as yet.

Enjoy looking, but please do not pick the herbs, fruits and vegetables.

Conservation Park

Landsdale Park is adjacent to the farm. Amongst the seventeen hectares of pristine banksia woodland you may spot birds, insects, wildflowers and even smaller native mammals. The Friends of Landsdale Park offer guided walks, please see their site for more information.