Homeland

  • Kicking my Achilles heel

    August 19, 2019

    It seems that we have a central theme running through our winter projects this year – kikuyu. My biggest “project” for this winter has as objective to “de-kikuyu” [...]
  • Front Yard Redo – part 1

    August 13, 2019

    Our front yard has always been a bone of contention. I keep saying we’re wasting too much space at Homeland, the kids never play on the front lawn and such a big lawn [...]
  • K is for Kale

    August 7, 2019

    Currently we are having a great on-going Kale harvest in the newly re-done no-dig beds at Homeland. Here’s a little bit on Kale and how we mostly consume [...]
  • R.I.P. Jet

    July 22, 2019

    This weekend was a sad affair at Homeland. On Friday we had to say goodbye to Jet, our trusty Labrador cross Doberman rescue dog who has been with us for seven years. Any pet [...]
  • Rehab and Resilience

    June 13, 2019

    It seems we are having a lot of action on the chook front lately. We’re still working on no-dig beds, planting cover crops and winter greens for the chooks (oops there they [...]
  • P is for Pomegranate

    June 6, 2019

    We took these photos a few weeks ago, but between all the projects, events, distractions and glorious rain, it slipped on the “publishing schedule”. As if I have a [...]
  • Recently we have had two really nice bouts of rain (25mm and 32mm) about two weeks apart, which set us up for a glorious autumn. These were followed by mostly 20C sunny days [...]
  • A while ago I posted about redoing the raised vegetable garden boxes at Homeland, due to the soil being so dead and hard. We are now doing them as proper no-dig beds, from [...]
  • It seems we have a thing with compost. In some or other way, it always turns into somewhat of a story, whether it is bought in or homemade. Well, this time, it was about [...]
  • As I’m writing this at 10am, it’s bucketing down, well, it’s still bucketing down – it’s been raining since about midnight. As a self-confessed and self-certified [...]

Dreamland

  • An important part of community are the people who live right next to you. Well, we have been blessed by landing “by accident” (or is it destiny?) next to some amazing [...]
  • Chicken Greens part 3

    July 29, 2019

    For some bizarre reason we’re in the third phase of a lot of things – no-dig beds, paths and now chicken greens too. These phases don’t have anything to do with each [...]
  • E if for more Eggs

    July 15, 2019

    Supposedly as winter settles in, we should be getting less and less eggs, especially from a very young laying flock. When I wrote this initially we were getting between 5 and [...]
  • A while ago I said “when the heat is over, I’m going to plant more clover”, primarily for the bees. We plant all the open areas and paths at Dreamland with a mixture of [...]
  • In both the savannah forest garden and the vegetable market garden at Dreamland, our approach is to build up no-dig beds from the ground up. So at Dreamland, we don’t have [...]
  • Shelter from the storms

    June 25, 2019

    We’ve had a lot of rain last week, in addition to the previous big rain. In fact, we’ve now had four sunny days and our driveway still has so many puddles of water that [...]
  • Rabbits – grrrrr

    June 20, 2019

    I guess every place has their “pet” pests that you just battle to live with. Through my permaculture studies I have learnt a lot about integrated pest management, and we [...]
  • Bye-Bye Barry

    June 11, 2019

    Since he started growing – and he got really big really fast – Barry has always been a conversation piece. He just has that stand-out type of character and physique that [...]
  • When it rains it pours

    June 4, 2019

    I can’t believe only a month ago we were highly concerned about how long the super-dry hottest summer on record was stretching out. The tanks were all dry – all 120 000 [...]
  • F is for Feijoa

    May 27, 2019

    We’ve planted quite a few Feijoa bushes at Homeland, although they seem very slow in growing big enough to start bearing. However, just over the fence at Dreamland, [...]