Hi - for those of you who have given me advice so far (and anyone else who's interested) here are some photos of the garden I've built in the council land between my house and the road. https://photos.permaculture.org.au/index.php?cat=10225 I'm having a great time with it and all the neighbours are really interested - it's quite the talking point! I like to think it's a contribution to community spirit. I'd be really interested to hear anyone's comments about it - especially if you have any ideas about what I could do with the bottom half of the bank - it's a bit too steep for me to terrace, unless I build quite a big retaining wall along the bottom (about a metre high?) and I don't think I've got the motivation or means to make that happen. Also, do you think I should get rid of all the grass round about the boxes? Any suggestions along those lines? I've been quite random with my planting and have probably planted lots of things too close to each other. I've been trying to follow the Jackie French approach, with a bit of companion planting thrown in for good measure. I've just read Linda Woodrow's Permaculture Home Garden and am now lusting over having enough space for a Mandala/Chook Dome system. I would like to incorporate a little pond in the middle of this garden, though, and I've bought a baby's bath from the Sally Army for this purpose. Not sure if it's a bit dangerous for any prospective pond life, what with the proximity to the road and all the neighborhood cats. Any suggestions most welcome. Thanks, Lil.