Why a farmer wants to build a ‘pea garden’ in his backyard

A farmer wants a ‘pumpkin garden’ to grow pea, which he hopes will keep pests away.

The garden will be built near his home on the Gold Coast, in Southport, in a community that has experienced a recent surge in feral pigs, foxes and rabbits.

The farmer, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he was not worried about the pigs or rabbits escaping and the garden would provide a natural habitat for them to grow.

“We want to keep them away from the main roads and we want them to have a place to live,” he said.

“But we are looking to keep the main road clear of all the pigs and rabbits and they will get through.”

The farm has plans to add another fence and a roof for the pig farm and a ‘dirt’ garden will also be built around the property, Mr Furlong said.

Mr Furlung said the farm was not an illegal establishment but had not been declared by the State Government as a nuisance.

“There’s been a lot of discussion about that, so I am just happy we are getting on with it and doing it right,” he told 7.30.

Mr Nilsen said he would not build the pigs if they were on the property.

“I don’t think there’s a point in having a ‘farm’, we want to have this,” he replied.

“That’s the point of having a farm.

We just want a place for our pigs to grow and to be able to feed their young.”

If we want a farm, we don’t want them in the front yard or at the back of the house, just outside the fence.

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