This site is a collection of ramblings about a small farm set on a steep block in West Gippsland, about two hours east of Melbourne. Temperatures here are usually around 5 degrees cooler than in Melbourne, and it’s much wetter too – our best guestimate is that the annual average rainfall is about 1200 mm – that’s double what Melbourne gets.
Parts of the block were once a pine forest, and since buying the property in 2004, we’ve reclaimed about 2 hectares of paddocks from blackberry infestation and planted around 80 chestnut trees, and a range of fruit trees including quince, green gage, apple, pear, perry (for pear cider), plum, apricot, mulberry, peach, nectarine, pomegranate, and cherry. We’re also trying our luck with almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and kiwifruit. And we’ve had some success with cool climate soft fruits, especially jostaberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and gooseberries. We’re also doing our best to maintain a largish veggie garden, where artichokes, tomatoes, zucchini and potatoes vie for space with increasingly rampant parley, mint, rosemary and oregano, not to mention rampant deer, wallabies, wombats, lyre birds and bandicoots.
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