After rabbit & weed eradication and fencing, the first windbreak hedge was planted in 1999. Most plants were propagated; some purchased as small tubes, rescued from destruction or received as gifts.
Permaculture principles have been incorporated, including rainwater collection, waste water treatment and recycling to the garden, worm farms, composting, companion planting and crop rotation, with poultry and bees at work. In defined zones, we have herb, vegetable and berry gardens just outside the homes. Meandering paths and garden rooms provide space for the spirit and wildlife habitat. A fenced orchard gives varied and abundant fruit, herbs and more vegetables. A seasonal maintenance plan lets us get the best from our time in the garden, allowing us to accomplish almost all the gardening, only hiring helpers for annual mulching event.