Where to begin? The property is almost 9 acres, surrounded by crown land on three sides, one of those (west) being a lovely creek, and the fourth (east) side is a sheep farm (I think, I rarely see any animals from our house, sometimes one or two horses). There is nary a plant on the property other than waist high grass and three dead palms. The house is not ideal for the conditions, being transplanted from the inner 'burbs of Melbourne, and situated to take advantage of the creek views instead of the sun. The creek is west of the house, so the rooms which get the sun are one bedroom and the bathroom. The whole house is surprisingly light-filled, fortunately. We're renovating (read: gutting the kitchen and bathroom and moving them, and ripping up the stinking carpets and painting the walls, and....) to make the house more life-friendly. I'm really interested in using what is there to help the whole system work in a healthy way. Much to my plumber's amusement I am wanting the greywater used on the front garden (ha! the front patchy boggy grass). We have plentiful stock and domestic water rights from the creek, and are getting two large water tanks. Sadly the house is situated on the northern side of the property, so most/all of our edible planting will need to be done on the southern side. But that's a fair few acres of southern land, so the shade from the house is not really an issue. It's a flat piece of land, for the most part. Dead flat, to the unobservant eye. I'll add a satellite image here, showing the orientation of the land. View attachment 981 The corner with the house is fenced off. North of the house we need to add a shed and some water tanks. East of the house (front) will be a garden purely for my own enjoyment. West of the house will be the children's play area. South of the house, just outside the fenced area, will be the chooks, the veggie patch, and the orchard. The very south of the land will have a few acres of indigenous vegetation. In between, I don't know. I'm researching the idea of a few sheep and alpacas. As you can see there is a massive eucalypt in the NW corner, and that's about it. The previous owners used the property for paddock bashing and drinking beer. Woo! Hmm, I'm quite happy to have other options presented for thought. It's all really quite overwhelming and I'm making it up as I learn more. I have two friends on hand to help, at least one has permaculture/landscape architect experience. I'm looking forward to adding pictures of our plans as we move along. At this stage the gardening is just a dream while we try to get the house into a liveable condition.