Homeland

  • DIY Nitrogen

    June 26, 2018

    One of the elementary inputs we are definitely short of is nitrogen, in its organic form obviously. This post describes the start of our journey using Tagasaste as a natural [...]
  • No, the strawberry terrace and the greenhouse aren’t exchanging places… This project should actually have been called “exchange some of the strawberry terrace and [...]
  • I knew Patricia would really like a fire pit. Maybe it’s that memory of big fire-based barbeques using good old South African hardwoods and vines that was re-emerging… So [...]
  • Autumn hues

    April 19, 2018

    No long stories today – just a photo essay of our goings-ons as we go through the brief patch of autumn between our long summer and long winter. We are still having nice [...]
  • What you got that I don’t know? The contents of commercially available potting and seedling mixes include wetting agents, slow release fertilisers, growth stimulants and [...]
  • Some problems we seem to solve relatively quickly, once we observe them, research some solutions and usually put in a bit of effort. But some challenges, on the other hand, [...]
  • Bush tucker frenzy

    March 22, 2018

    I think it’s important to incorporate some local fruits and other edibles, as well as other beneficial local plants in the garden. Some of these produce some really [...]
  • If you have been following our blog for a while, you will realise that composting is a bit of a challenge at Homeland, especially during our super-dry summer, with the [...]
  • You would think the first project after completing my PDC would be to implement some new concept I learnt about, like a jet stove, a wicking bed for those thirsty blue [...]
  • No long essays today… While I’m away doing a course in Tasmania – much more about that in a subsequent post! – here’s a short photo essay about [...]

Dreamland

  • As I mentioned in my previous post, one of or side goals on this trip was to enjoy some aspects of agritourism and to study how it’s done. This post is more of a [...]
  • Ever since we’ve visited Franny’s Farm in North Carolina in 2017, I‘ve been wondering how we could incorporate agritourism as a potential income stream into the jigsaw [...]
  • Greetings from Scotland! (in a deep heavy Scottish accent) I thought I would only start blogging about our travels once we get to some farm stays later on in our journey, [...]
  • One more cup of coffee

    June 18, 2018

    The last week has been a mad crazy frantic rush to get a lengthy to-do list done. We’re soon off for a two month journey – two weddings, two birthdays and a drive-through [...]
  • Mosaic season

    June 4, 2018

    I got the title from this quote by Stanley Horowitz: “Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” As we [...]
  • In our PDC course, we learnt how to make no-dig raised beds from scratch and in our Organic Market Gardening course we covered how to do crop rotation with minimal [...]
  • During my Organic Market Gardening course, our instructor often talked about “opening up a new field”. It sounded so exciting, even though we covered how much work it [...]
  • The Green Path

    May 10, 2018

    So with the first rains hopefully not too far away, the time has come to plant the pathways at Dreamland. Before we get ducks and chooks at Dreamland – planned for the [...]
  • I had a large bunch of delicate tea tree tube stock waiting to be planted, the kids were having a student free day where we could do fun stuff together and Patricia was [...]
  • Introducing some silver

    March 8, 2018

    About this time last year, when we started articulating our goals for Dreamland, we already said that in 2018 we were going to introduce more beneficial animals into our [...]

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