Homeland

  • 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 [...]
  • H is for Honey

    May 6, 2019

    It’s always great excitement when you harvest anything new for the first time. Some of you may have been doing the bees and honey extraction so many times that it becomes a [...]
  • No, we’re not making the raised beds any higher – we’re re-populating the raised beds as no-dig beds from the ground up. The end goal is to have all the beds ready for [...]
  • Mr Parkinson and Entropy

    April 1, 2019

    Even though we are in the midst of autumn planting and plant feeding, we needed to do some long outstanding “housekeeping” too. Well, not keeping of the house – [...]
  • DIY chicken coop

    March 25, 2019

    Of late I’ve been feeling more like a cross between a chicken farmer and a carpenter. Not that I mind doing either – I quite enjoy these two roles. So the time has [...]

Dreamland

  • 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, [...]
  • E is for Eggs

    May 20, 2019

    In our post about our first honey harvest I mentioned how great the first harvest of anything new is. But I think that is because most harvests come in some quantity. I mean [...]
  • In a previous post I mentioned I’m busy with an interesting resource cycling exercise. So this is it. With our setup where we have big fixed fox-proof chicken coops, it’s [...]
  • Q is for Quince

    April 29, 2019

    One of the mature trees we inherited at Dreamland is a beautiful bearing Quince tree. It doesn’t seem to have the bi-annual cycles that many of the other fruit trees have. [...]
  • T is for Tomatillo

    April 15, 2019

    Yes, tomatillo, pronounced “tomatiyo”. They are a bit novel and interesting. Fortunately our local hardware “green shed” occasionally stocks a small shelf of [...]
  • Coop hygiene

    April 4, 2019

    Coop hygiene is of crucial importance. Stuff this up and you can get serious diseases affecting your birds, even yourself, potentially even resulting in their death. Harsh [...]
  • The last path

    March 28, 2019

    When I was a young teenager my friend introduced me to “The Last Waltz”, a recording of the last live performance of a Canadian band simply called “The Band” (which [...]