• 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]


  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]


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