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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 [...]

C is for Corn and Cucumber

March 14, 2019 // 1 Comment

This season we just seem stuck in A, B, C. I mean you can still call a capsicum a pepper, a courgette a baby marrow – oops, that doesn’t help much; I mean a zucchini – [...]

Efficiency vs Regeneration

March 4, 2019 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

Under-planting a patch

February 7, 2019 // 2 Comments

We’ve been spending a lot of time, effort and also money getting everything right for how we want to operate the ducks and chickens. In fact, apart from switching on (and [...]

Busy busy

October 29, 2018 // 11 Comments

Last week was busy, very busy. But not that work yourself silly on one big focused project kind of way. It was crazy multi-tasking busy. Do this, do that, interrupt here, do [...]

Starting the worm farm

October 22, 2018 // 21 Comments

For a long time now, I have wanted to start a “worm farm”, because with our focus on improving our soil health, it is one of those things we should just do, no questions [...]

Repurposing projects

September 27, 2018 // 2 Comments

A significant part of implementing the permaculture ethic “land care” is to repurpose as much as we can in order to reduce our impact on what goes into the landfall. It [...]

Spring has sprung

September 20, 2018 // 10 Comments

Spring has sprung, the weeds are flung, we spread the dung, the season feels young, and a new song is sung. Don’t you love how spring just brings out the best in nature and [...]

DIY Nitrogen

June 26, 2018 // 10 Comments

One of the elementary inputs we are definitely short of is nitrogen, in its organic form obviously. This post describes the start of our journey using Tagasaste as a natural [...]