Homeland

  • 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 [...]
  • Meanwhile at homeland…

    August 21, 2017

    With all the developments going on at Dreamland, it may seem as if Homeland is getting neglected. But despite the tell-tale weeds and overgrown grass, we’ve been [...]
  • Winter wonderland

    July 2, 2017

    Frostbite toes, frozen fingers – just came in from doing the Valerian spray run to try and salvage some frost-damaged plants. The weather reports show between -2C and [...]
  • We have been actively following Biodynamic principles and using Biodynamic methods for about 4 years now. In a nutshell, Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological, and ethical [...]
  • We inherited some grapes, of unknown colour and variety, which were planted in our vegetable patch. But they weren’t doing so well. In fact, despite all our efforts, very [...]

Dreamland

  • 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 [...]
  • At first, the double volume “Edible Forest Gardens” seems like quite a dear investment. Initially I looked at it with great interest, but then only proceeded to put it on [...]
  • Franny’s farm

    September 11, 2017

    So there I was, enjoying to wake up for my 57th birthday to the sound of crowing cocks, sipping a Trader Joe’s organic green tee, overlooking the beautiful valley in the [...]
  • Don’t duck the tough issues

    September 5, 2017

    Although we have been operating using organic and biodynamics principles at Homeland, one of our core goals at Dreamland was to adopt more permacultural approaches. We wanted [...]

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