Homeland

  • We’ve got the Jack!

    September 17, 2019

    Friday the 6th of September was a very busy day indeed. I’m only catching up to all the stories one at a time… As I mentioned in a previous post, we had to rush the new [...]
  • B is for Broccoli

    September 11, 2019

    So we’re back at the beginning of the alphabet again. We planted three types of broccoli in the no-dig beds at Homeland a while ago, and now we’re enjoying the fruits [...]
  • 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 [...]

Dreamland

  • Framed chicken greens

    September 23, 2019

    One of our goals is to reduce the amount of chicken feed we buy, not only to save money, but also to give the chooks a healthier diet. Even an organic medication-free feed [...]
  • Compost Bins in Dreamland

    September 16, 2019

    No this isn’t some weird nightmare… it was a real project to build and start using compost bins over at Dreamland too. Up to now, we have been carting all the compost [...]
  • Tanking up

    September 9, 2019

    Last summer was a costly one for us, especially at Dreamland. We had a newly planted edible forest garden, with new grass and clover paths, and it was blazingly hot and dry. [...]
  • Living with Fowl – part II

    September 2, 2019

    As I’ve said in a previous post, living with widely free-ranging chooks and ducks is an interesting exercise, especially in a delicate urban forest garden. In part one we [...]
  • Living with Fowl – part I

    August 26, 2019

    Living with widely free-ranging chooks and ducks is an interesting exercise. It becomes especially challenging when you have a relatively large flock in a relatively young [...]
  • 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 [...]