New Year Permaculture Update

The farm is thriving as we enter 2021.

The 3,000+ trees we’ve planted have benefitted from recent summer rains, especially the stone and pip fruit orchard. Shown below are plums in the foreground and apples in the background.

Earlier this week we were gifted about 80 avocado, walnut and macadamia trees. We borrowed a friend’s van and took a day trip to Waikanae to collect them.

They’ve been placed in the back of the nursery for some TLC before being planted out. They join peach, oak, guava, fig, and olive saplings along with grape vines.

Meanwhile our avocado trees have set next season’s fruit while still hanging onto this season’s.

We’ve had an excellent garlic harvest this season and now it’s been hung to dry.

We’ll be selling organic seed garlic starting in April.

The goats are producing plenty of milk…

…and we’re making halloumi multiple times each week.

We’ve had two litters of piglets with another on the way.

Heaps of tomatoes, zucchinis, pumpkins and cucumbers in the ground but rabbits have eaten all of our beans and snap peas.

Lots more going on but to be honest I need to head out the door and get to work.

Peace, Estwing

One thought on “New Year Permaculture Update”

  1. Hasn’t the rain been glorious, we are walking around in mud for the first time in 15yrs, its taken us that long to produce really great soil.
    Love it wow so many avocado trees, so great. Fruit trees around here are between $20 & $60 sometimes more to buy. So we purchase one at a time when we can & I am having a go at branch propagating to increase our fodder for all. Thanks for writing & sharing about your bounty it gives great encouragement to keep going here. Sorry I’m a little chatty. lol

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