This will be my last post on this thread so I can jump over to Adams' place for the next growing season. I have planted out a whole heap of strawberries in front and amongst the Avocado trees. This has been mulched with short branches from the cut down fig tree and a layer of pine needles. I got 2 shopping bags full thinking this would be enough but it wasnt and has only covered the space around three trees. I read somewhere that pine needles help make soil alittle more acid which the avocadoes need. When I tested the soil it read between 6 and 7, so I need alittle help for these trees. Hopefully pine needle mulch will tweak it just enough. It looks really cool and I hope the strawberries take off. There are bluebells starting to come up in this area as well which I will leave alone and let them help mulch this area too. I moved the gooseberries away from the fence, I decided to treat any rogue kids as part of the wildlife(they arent really that bad just come over to get their ball I think). I have marked out where the greenhouse will go with plastic tube things that were part of my mothers 3 tier laundry sorting system. (this made me wonder what other people recycle/reuse and reabuse as my daughter puts it, be interesting to find out). I discovered that I had to move the Kowhai tree which would be in the way which I did. This got carefully dug up and moved to the back of the next circle over along with the lemon balm that was growing with it. I also transplanted a couple of foxgloves that were next to the tool shed and the lambs ear thing. 2 of the cabbage trees that got cut down have resprouted (hehe I knew they would), and I have so far managed to carefully separate 3 of these newbies which have also been planted in the area behind the circle but leaving enough space so I can still trim the hedge. My thought on this is that I really dont have enough garden stakes and these will grow a single trunk at some point which I can use to grow climbers up. They will also provide mulch with their leaves and if I ever need kindling the dried leaves will be good for that as well. I will try to get as many of these over ther as I can. There isnt enough room for fruit trees so these will do just as well and we'll have the fruit elsewhere. I had to move my garlic one at a time over to the fruit walk under the grapefruit tree, which seems to be the safest place for them at the moment.Good thing it rained the night before so the soil was damp and soft. They all look good and dont seem to have suffered too much. This has left me with a clear space to work with. I still need a home for some soil and will barrow it over to this spot and raise this area pretty much level with the tool shed. Hubby will then build the greenhouse ontop of this. I was happy to have a little one but he has decided that I need a big one and is going to recycle the top of a flat bed trailer he built so it has a proper floor. So, I am getting a 2.4 x 3.6m greenhouse and wont be allowed to have pots/plants anywhere near the back door from then on. The bench seat has been moved to temp spot infront of the hedge and is a great place to sit on a sunny winter day. I love it here, it makes the garden look like a park, with it sitting in front of the hedge, violets flowering at the bottom of the hedge. It will have to get moved over abit but it can stay where it is for the time being. The arch over the main path also got move closer to the house pretty much in line with where the trellis for the brambles and vines will be. This meant also moving the cocktail kiwifruit which went over by the internal fence behing the avocadoes. I will leave the brushwood on the fence until we will be clear of frosts. Poor plants, anything that moves in here needs to understand that they will be moved at lest once in their lifetime.The fig tree got moved 5 times before I was happy where it was. I think thats all the transplanting done for this year. We finally worked out what seeds we were getting from Kings seeds. I find it cheaper and easier to order on line, get a great discount from them and the original cost of the seed is in most cases less than the shops.(plus they send me out a really good catelogue with great pictures so I know exactly what I am getting.) Someone did say I spend too much on seed so I am not saying how much, but the way I look at it is ,I dont buy alot of things and this is one thing I do buy. I like to try new things, for example we've got cool area type tomatoes to trial(3), egg shaped eggplants to try along with 1 that is white but not an heirloom. I got this one because it was supposed to be bred for cool areas and if it does well then I will creat our own heirloom from our plants. This really excites me. I did save some of our seeds last year and will use some of those as well as some from the original packet to make sure we get a good mix.