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Establish the paths, and the orchard with follow…

April 7, 2013 | Forest Gardening | 8 comments | Author:

We want the Holistic Orchard site at Milkwood Farm to be super productive, beautiful and also accessible – we’re establishing this orchard on a slope just below the Tiny House (and irrigating it with grey water) so we’ll be visiting … Read More


A visit to Melliodora with David Holmgren

March 30, 2013 | Forest Gardening, Natural Building, Off-Farm goings on, Permaculture Design | 11 comments | Author:

Recently Nick was lucky enough to hang out with David Holmgren for a couple of days at Melliodora, the superb small-acre permaculture site that David has established with his partner Su Dennett  in Hepburn Springs, Victoria. Being in the thick … Read More


Edible Forest Gardens author Dave Jacke is coming to Australia

February 6, 2013 | Forest Gardening | 2 comments | Author:

Milkwood are proud to announce Dave Jacke is coming to Australia in March to share his extensive knowledge in designing both urban and rural regenerative food, fiber and community systems, using forest ecologies as a model. This is a special … Read More


Micro Forest Garden – installation

November 30, 2012 | Forest Gardening | 2 comments | Author:

Following on from designing a microforest garden recently, it was time to realise the design! Harris led the charge, helped by forest garden interns Minoru and Kelly, as well as all the students of the forest garden design course. This … Read More


Making a Caterpillar Necklace

September 4, 2012 | Milkwood Farm | 9 comments | Author:

So we have these great fuzzy caterpillars in the forest garden who occasionally get together and go journeying in a long, fuzzy line. We happened to be in the forest garden during one such sojourn, and Nick decided to do … Read More


Forest Gardens, Hugelkultur and cold-climate Coconuts

August 28, 2012 | Forest Gardening | 19 comments | Author:

Recently Harris (who heads the Forest Garden projects at Milkwood), has been in Chile teaching, designing and implementing forest garden systems. We thought you’d like to take a peek at some Chilean permaculture action? Given our Gondwana connection, there are … Read More


Stop-gap fruit tree planting: bring on the cultivated beds

August 24, 2012 | Forest Gardening | 5 comments | Author:

This winter I was determined, nay, rabid, about finally purchasing all the apple trees we would need to have a steady supply of appley goodness in 4 years time at Milkwood Farm. We’ll have heaps of time to plant them … Read More


Pig boards: the pastured pig fancier’s best friend

August 8, 2012 | Pigs | 10 comments | Author:

Time to move the pigs. They’ve done a great job tractoring and manuring up in the suntrap, in readiness for groundcover plantings. Now we need their help down below the swale, to help prep ground for the new forest garden. … Read More


Soil building toolkit: Comfrey

August 3, 2012 | Forest Gardening | 23 comments | Author:

Right about now is a good time to dig up bits of comfrey root and redistribute it wherever you need, but do not yet have, good soil. Garden path edges, forest garden path edges, places where you want to plant … Read More


Making DIY steps down the side of the forest garden

July 8, 2012 | Forest Gardening, Milkwood Farm, Permaculture Design | 5 comments | Author:

It’s pretty amazing what a bunch of logs, a lot of gumption, some wheelbarrows and a couple of days digging can do. What was once a slippery slope becomes a lovely place to be – what a huge difference a … Read More