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  1. dunnymel

    dunnymel New Member

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    Hi!
    We're on recently purchased 7 acres in the Adelaide Hills. Interested in permaculture concepts mainly to make use of our land to get healthy home grown food on the table for the family.

    Pros:
    Established home, about 4 acres cleared, undulating, fenced into paddocks. About 3 acres steep bush
    Unlimited drinking quality bore water plus rainfall around 1000mm
    About 25 established fruit trees and 6 ewes
    Good practical skills

    Cons:
    If there is the opposite of a green thumb, my wife and I have one
    4 acres of flogged pasture, now solid weeds
    South facing, quite open, can be quite windy from all directions
    Shed full of herbicides
    Time poor!

    Short term projects;
    vege garden
    chooks
    Pasture management

    I'm hoping to learn lots from this site!
     
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    9anda1f Administrator Staff Member

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    Hi Dunnymel and welcome,
    Congratulations on your 7 acres! Weeds are just the first stages of the land returning itself to health ... you can help this process along. With six sheep and 4 acres of weeds, you can start composting on a big scale. Or just chop-and-drop and let natural processes do the work for you. We've let a couple of "weed patches" tend themselves over the past few years and watched as they slowly return to grassland. Amazing.
     
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    S.O.P Moderator

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    Hi dunnymel,

    Best of luck, 7 acres is a lot to manage and it looks like some planned grazing would be best for you.

    Try reading the Regrarians group for larger scale ideas - https://www.facebook.com/groups/Regrarians/

    Plant trees, lots of trees. Local Casuarinas will be your best bet for windbreaks.
     

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