Eight Acres - the blog — land

Rehabilitating our property OR how to choose a small farm

Mar 22 2017 0 Comments Tags: land, Peter Andrew, soil, weeds

This is a post from February 2011, back when we only had Eight Acres and were working on fixing the soil fertility and clearing the paddocks.  A few thoughts on what you can do with a small property.

This is the second small farm/acreage property that we've lived on. The first one, in the Lockyer Valley, was fairly flat and cleared of all but a few tall trees, with two good dams and few rocks or...

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What to do with eight acres

May 15 2013 0 Comments Tags: cattle, chickens, garden, land

Of course it is a very broad question, there are lots and lots of things you can do with eight acres, but I’m going to assume that you want to live there, feed your family and maybe make a little extra money.   Here's a few thoughts about what you might be able to do with eight acres.

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8 acres becomes 258 acres

Mar 15 2012 0 Comments Tags: Cheslyn Rise, land, update

Over the past 6 weeks my husband and I have been working hard to secure finance for another property, and today we found out that it had settled and its now ours!

The property is 258 acres in Kumbia, which is near Kingaroy and about 30 min from where we live now in Nanango. The property has no house, just good fencing, a hay shed, nice solid stock yards, five dams and four divined bore sites. The...

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Hybrid hugelkultur

Feb 27 2012 0 Comments Tags: hugelkutur, land, permaculture, Peter Andrew

From what I can understand, classical hugelkultur consists of piling up logs and branches, filling over with topsoil and planting on top.  The decaying wood adds fertility and heat to the heap, which is good for the plants growing above, and it also provides some heat to the heap.  I'd never heard of hugelkultur until I read about it on Craving Fresh, I thought at the time that it was an...

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Natural Sequence Farming - using Peter Andrews' methods at Eight Acres

Jan 16 2012 0 Comments Tags: land, Peter Andrew, weeds

Peter Andrews is an Australian farmer who has worked hard over several decades to observe, experiment with and understand the natural cycles in the Australian landscape.  The focus of his work is the role of plants in controlling the distribution of water and fertility in the landscape.


I read Peter Andrews' books "Back from the Brink" and "Beyond the Brink" a couple of years ago and I decided to...

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Controlling Weeds

Jul 18 2011 0 Comments Tags: land, soil, weeds

I often read that "a weed is just a plant growing in the wrong place".  This is a sweet quote, and very true in the garden.  This link has some great tips and explanations about weeds in organic gardening.

Lantana on the side of the road in the South Burnett - its hard to control when birds spread the seeds
However, in the wider world, weeds are not so sweet.  The QLD Dept of Primary Industriessays:...

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