• Happy New Year!

    January 2, 2018

    Happy New Year! May your fruits and vegetables grow abundantly, may your soil be healthy, may you have good rains, may the pests be few and most of all, may you be blessed [...]
  • The net effect

    December 19, 2017

    Last year we were keeping a keen eye on the first few bunches of grapes forming on our newly planted vines as they were slowly ripening. Great was our dismay when a small [...]
  • Ballambar – Early Summer

    December 11, 2017

    Ever since I read about the six Nyoongar seasons on the Petit Paradise blog, I’ve been mindful of the not-so-subtle changes of the seasons in our area too. Sure, we’ve [...]
  • Slash or burn?

    November 27, 2017

    After attending Ian Tolley’s citrus masterclass at Heronswood, I was all inspired to get our Homeland citrus orchard back in shape, which has been neglected a bit of [...]
  • Juggling priorities

    November 16, 2017

    It is so exciting working on the new developments over at Dreamland. There is never a dull moment, with planting, irrigation, mulching and much more to be done before the [...]
  • Citrus masterclass

    November 13, 2017

    Last weekend I was very fortunate to attend Ian Tolley’s Citrus Masterclass at the Diggers Heronswood nursery in Dromana. When I initially called to book, both classes at [...]
  • Tad Dorgan* coined this quote: “Life is like artichokes; you have got to go through so much to get so little”. It may be true that you have to work through a lot of [...]
  • Spring in Victoria is a weird concept. It definitely doesn’t start on 1 September – the days may be getting slightly longer and some plants may start showing very small [...]
  • Do you have any grapes?

    October 5, 2017

    So there I was, barely two days off the plane from California, as sick as a dog, coughing my lungs out…. But I had booked this day off my “day job” more than a [...]
  • From day one at Homeland we wanted to have our own compost heap. Even before we did our studies of organic gardening and attended a biodynamics course, we knew the value of [...]


  • Finding the net

    January 15, 2018

    My wife is funny – in a special way… We both agreed that, although practical, the nets at Homeland aren’t the most pleasing on the eye. At Dreamland we wanted to [...]
  • The gift of running water

    December 23, 2017

    Those of you that have been following this story closely will know we’ve had some “interesting times” with the duck pond pump. To the extent that the third replacement [...]
  • Dreaming of water

    December 7, 2017

    Water is one of the most common and powerful dream symbols, and it’s no wonder – water is all around us in our daily lives and it is essential to life. Water is [...]
  • With the acquisition of Dreamland we inherited an existing mixed orchard consisting of well-established apple, pear, peach and cherry trees. These trees will be the main [...]
  • In all the permaculture courses they teach you that you should have easy and short access to your work area, especially for big delivery trucks. But at Dreamland the property [...]
  • Slaying the monster

    November 2, 2017

    This is no elephant, this is no mammoth – no, this is a monster of previously unknown proportions! We are very quickly realising that planting an edible forest garden [...]
  • Boys and their toys

    October 26, 2017

    I was very fortunate that my sister gave me a great gift voucher for my birthday. This enabled me to acquire one of the most useful implements I have had in a long time – [...]
  • Out for a duck

    October 19, 2017

    As I mentioned before – Spring is a short-lived experience in our area. The ground goes from soft slippery clay to hard cracked shards within a week or two. So by now the [...]
  • Careful what you wish for

    October 16, 2017

    So there I was on the Monday night saying to Patricia “I wish I had a month to catch up on all the work we have over at Dreamland.” Next thing, on the Tuesday at about [...]
  • So now we’ve come to the second phase of planting our edible forest garden at Dreamland. Most of the “overstory” has been planted – in our case the fruit trees, the [...]


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