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So how do you control pest insects without nasty sprays then?

With a lot of bloody hard work and time spent understanding insect life cycles and their key times of weakness. It all comes down to having a sense of curiosity about the natural world and [...]

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Comaraderie built with shovels in hand

“To plant a tree is to believe in tomorrow”. And indeed we do….We planted an orchard! It’s hard to explain the emotional elation of seeing the physical reality meet a long [...]

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Open Farm Day – Sat 10th November 2018

Back by popular demand we will be throwing open our gates and inviting you in to see a commercial scale permaculture orchard and nursery in its infancy. Established as a new horticultural [...]

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Sacred Swales

My conversation with a hard core Permie (HCP): C: So our orchard design does not use swales HCP: WTF? You don’t use swales are you crazy? C: Probably, but I am an orcharding geologist and I [...]

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Accidental Experiment…

So it turns out we undertook an accidental experiment this year. Without realising it we proved the unequivocal value of co planting when it comes to pollination levels in pumpkin crops. As part [...]

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Race against the seasons…

Some things just have to be done by a certain date or you wait another year not just until next weekend. Scion wood for grafting fruit trees for example, I am on the very end my window to grab, [...]

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The key to a perpetual state of being overwhelmed

The key to a perpetual state of being overwhelmed is to just keep going. Write that list and tick it off one small task at a time. Now if only I could get beyond the sense of utter overwhelm to [...]

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And the rain keeps falling…

And the rain just keeps falling. We are more than ten weeks in now with more or less consistent drizzle and rain. Puddles have formed in every imaginable location the once well drained soil is so [...]

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What’s got me thinking

What’s got me thinking…A new orchard means a lot is banging around in my head unresolved which is natural and much of this will take years to resolve in reality. – Phytothphora [...]

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And the rain just keeps on falling

And the rain just keeps on falling. Despite the endless red mud which is doing its best to thwart progress…we push on. With a few clear nights and frosts like you’ve never imagined we [...]

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