Pacifica, Check in here!

LaurieLovesLearning ModeratorManitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 6,559 admin
edited October 2020 in Pacifica

I have noticed that there is a growing number of members from the Pacifica region on here. I was thinking that in order for you to meet or sell or exchange anything (if ever) and to compare regional notes, it would be helpful to know...where do you call home?

Keep things brief, as my purpose for this thread is to be only for short introductions & reference, not necessarily discussion. We can do this elsewhere on TGN.

If you want to discuss region specific topics, feel free to post a new discussion in a new thread in "Pacifica".

@jodienancarrow You may want to take special interest in this thread. 😁


  • JodieDownUnder
    JodieDownUnder Moderator Mid North Coast AustraliaPosts: 1,400 admin

    Thanks @LaurieLovesLearning , I may as well kick this off. Hi and welcome to TGN, especially if you're new to this forum. Home for me is the Coffs Coast hinterland NSW. THe best of both worlds, live in the bush but only 25 mins to the ocean. Great climate too. I'm into being self sufficient, love my veggie garden, cooking, keeping healthy, hiking, mountain bikes, horse riding etc. Lucky enough to be retired and enjoying life. How about others from the Pacifica region, touch base, introduce yourself and say g'day, kia ora, bula, talofa or hello!

  • Elizabeth Voss
    Elizabeth Voss Posts: 57 ✭✭✭

    Hi @jodienancarrow I'm down in the cold (18 today) Melbourne area, about 1/2 an hour from the Dandenong - a house with enough front and backyard to experimanet with gardens but too many possums to do any traditinal ground gardens.

    I lived in New York City til I moved here in 2010 and always wanted to gadren. I had so many gorgeous plants in my apartment - but no green thumb here - learning everything anew.

    Took a permaculture class 2019 so underatnd sun mapping and created one large keyhole garden with my own soil from hot composting. seedlings sprouting now (my first ever!) so I am a fledging at 55 and even though I am going to school to practice environmental health - I have time to learn gardenign everyday - but too many books and too little going out in my yards and just getting into it - a little intimidated! love books and learning and a little jog every now and then - learning to get out of my head with my garden. One idea: Have this old bathtub and thinking - another garden? with mushroom growing underneath? a frog pond for the front yard? (which has a 2 meter high brick fence so we are private). Nice to know a"neighbour"!

  • JodieDownUnder
    JodieDownUnder Moderator Mid North Coast AustraliaPosts: 1,400 admin

    @Elizabeth Voss hi there and welcome to the forum. There don’t seem to be too many aussies on the forum atm but I do enjoy conversing with liked minded souls all over the planet. I’m sure you’ll enjoy and learn on this journey.

    We have a netted veggie garden to stop the possums, bandicoots and birds. It works extremely well, maybe something to consider. It is very rewarding to be self sufficient, knowing what you put in your body is healthy and chemical free. There will always be failures, learn from them and move on. I have and will continue to do so. Just get out there and have a crack, you’ll be pleased you did.

    How did you get on with the lockdown? Hope it wasn’t to stressful. All the very best.

  • ranjini.tissera
    ranjini.tissera Posts: 2 ✭✭✭

    @Elizabeth Voss

    I think I can be considered a neighbour. I migrated in 1999, and now live about half an hour from Dandenong ranges. Love gardening and doing things in the nature, although do not have much time as I am still working fulltime (in my late sixties but in god health). I am really interested to know more about what you said, "going to school to practice environmental health ". Would love to join along with my husband any community or class in the area where we can learn and engage in environmental friendly ways of doing things.

    Hope you are enjoying the current sunny spell

  • torey
    torey Moderator Posts: 4,831 admin

    @ranjini.tissera Welcome to TGN's forum. Nice to have another voice from "down under".

  • JodieDownUnder
    JodieDownUnder Moderator Mid North Coast AustraliaPosts: 1,400 admin

    @ranjini.tissera hello and a big warm welcome to TGN forum. I was down in Victoria last year, just before the 1st big Covid lockdown. Didn’t get over to your area but got to see a bit of the state I hadn’t seen before. Daylesford and surrounding area, great ocean road and even got to the MCG to watch the women’s T20 cricket final on international women’s day!

    You will really enjoy being a part of this forum, safe, friendly and very informative. Have you checked out any landcare groups where you live? They are a great starting point, to be involved with like minded people. Again welcome, warm regards Jodie

  • ranjini.tissera
    ranjini.tissera Posts: 2 ✭✭✭

    @jodienancarrow Thanks Jodie. I hope you liked Daylesford. One of my favourite day trips. Dandenong ranges are really worth exploring. Maybe your next trip down under. I will certainly check the landcare groups. Haven't heard of that before LOL.

    Look forward to being a part of the forum

  • petalberries
    petalberries Posts: 16 ✭✭✭


    I'm in Melbourne enjoying the changing weather.

    I love gardening and being in nature but have become detached from it by work and responsibilities.

    Working on getting back into the world.

    I'm curious about ways of increasing productivity and becoming more self sufficient.

    Creating a space that works but is beautiful. I have been reading a lot about permaculture as well.

    We too are dealing with endless possums, brush tailed and ring tailed, cockatoos, lorikeets, rosellas, univited native and imported rodents and even fruit bats scaring the heck out of us at night.

    The lockdowns were horrible.

    I fear the psychological bubble that's about to burst down here.

    You can tell from the driving........

    I have really enjoyed the webinars and am excited by what we can do if we unplug from the internet and just focus on whats around us.

    And learning from others.


  • Riles
    Riles Posts: 1 ✭✭✭

    Hi, I live on the NSW far south coast near Merimbula in the Bega Valley. I am on a small farm and reside around 5km from the coast. One of the most pristine areas you could find with coastal influence resulting in a beautiful climate in general. I love gardening and I am currently expanding and improving my gardens and systems. I have one major problem though, and that is keeping the Kikuyu grasses from invading the vegie patch.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 6,559 admin

    Welcome @Riles! Maybe @JodieDownUnder will have some tips for you.

  • torey
    torey Moderator Posts: 4,831 admin

    Hi @Riles. Welcome to TGN's forun.

  • JodieDownUnder
    JodieDownUnder Moderator Mid North Coast AustraliaPosts: 1,400 admin

    @Riles hey there & a big warm welcome to TGN. I live on the Mid North Coast in the Orara Valley, just west of Coffs Harbour. How you coping with the big wet? We dodged a bullet last week, got plenty of rain but not like Lismore, Ballina etc, so I’m very grateful.

    I’ve not had a lot to do with the South Coast but hoping to get down there in the near future, I have friends at Dignams Creek that I’ve been promising to visit but from what I know, you’re in a top spot.

    Kikuyu is a hard grass to control in these wet summer conditions, as you would be aware it goes crazy. I’m assuming you don’t want to use chemicals, with your veg garden so close. So it’s good old hard work with a spade. Maybe whipper snip 1st to get the bulk down & then cut with a spade to keep it from encroaching on the garden. Once you get it under control, then it wouldn’t be a big job to keep it sorted. Good luck & I hope you enjoy getting involved with this group of wonder like minded people from all over the globe.

  • craftycat72
    craftycat72 Posts: 4 ✭✭✭

    Hello Pacifica,

    I'm Liz from Gippsland Victoria, the best place with mountains one side, beach the other, loads of Bushland and a couple of big towns on each side of me. Great to e-meet you all.

    I live in a lovely town here, where people place excess food out the front for others to take. There are also a few food gardens on the nature strips with signs saying free to take. I am in a lovely generous sharing town where we look after each other.

    I see my area is in USDA Zone 10a, some places nearby are 9.

    I'm currently renting, so have bought some nice big organic apple farm boxes (3 foot square, 2.5 foot deep) to make into veggie gardens! I will be using a trolley jack if I move and keep my soil for once!

    I have had thriving veggie patches in the past.

    I'm branching out into potted fruit trees and finding it a little difficult. I have 2 blueberry and 2 blackberry trees in pots .....killed one lemon tree.....ouch but last one might be not too productive with fruit trees!

    Enjoying some education on this exciting!!

  • torey
    torey Moderator Posts: 4,831 admin

    Welcome to TGN's forum @craftycat72. Sounds like you live in an amazing area.