Homeland

Re-raising vegetable beds

April 8, 2019 // 12 Comments

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 // 7 Comments

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 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

G is for Grapes

March 21, 2019 // 6 Comments

When we moved into Homeland we inherited a grapevine that was slam-bang in the middle of the vegetable patch. Not only did we read that certain vegetables do not like grapes [...]

Efficiency vs Regeneration

March 4, 2019 // 1 Comment

It is very noble to drive for sustainability, using permaculture approaches to work with nature and growing as much of your organic food as you can. It’s fun, healthy and [...]

H is for honey

February 25, 2019 // 2 Comments

OK this isn’t about a full-on harvest as such. But it’s a bit like picking those first five apricots off a young tree. It’s a bit of a celebration. Especially if it’s [...]

A duck in the hand…

January 14, 2019 // 3 Comments

Santa must have not read the fine print… Micaela asked Santa – because he would know how – to let us consider keeping 6 of the 18 ducks we were trying to hatch. But we [...]

R is for raspberry

January 9, 2019 // 5 Comments

Last year we basically had no raspberries. Sure, the plants grew well. Sure, the plants had berries – and lots of them. But alas, we also had harlequin bugs (dindymus [...]

In the heat of the moment

January 4, 2019 // 5 Comments

We saw it coming days away. It was all over the weather forecasts, with warnings broadcasted on all the radio stations and a total fire bans across the state. 43°C with a [...]

Merry Christmas

December 26, 2018 // 8 Comments

I wasn’t going to post something over Christmas, as it was kind of a blur of prepping, eating, presents, eating, cleaning, more eating, more presents, and so on – [...]