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Meg’s Melliodora News & Mitch’s Melliograms

Meg’s Melliodora News & Mitch’s Melliograms

Visitors to the Melliodora Apprentice Journal may have noticed a little bit change that has taken place. Now that we have the talented Meg Ulman aka. Artist As Family in our offices providing regular updates on the day to day goings on here at Melliodora, you will...
My First Entry

My First Entry

Welcome everyone This Blog will serve as a medium for me to share some of my experiences and give a general overview of what being the Apprentice at Melliodora is like while documenting the property as the seasons change. I hope that this blog will help to keep my...
Seed Saving

Seed Saving

Folding up little seed packets in your downtime is a great habit for seed saving! Having a little packet to pop seeds in can be the difference between quickly taking that opportunity to grab some amazing seeds, and putting it in the too hard basket as your walking...
… and finally, some rain!

… and finally, some rain!

It’s been dry here. Very very dry. Today is one of the few days since I’ve been here that we’re getting a good rain (and thus a nice opportunity for a blog post). The way one relates to rain is so starkly different from city to country. In the city, rain was an...
Meet Mitch, the new apprentice!

Meet Mitch, the new apprentice!

Hi everyone, I’m Mitch, the new apprentice here at Melliodora. Although I began my apprenticeship back in September, I am just starting to feel I’m getting into the swing of things. This first post, my self introduction has been a tricky one to write! Previous...
Spring time!

Spring time!

Spring is here, we’ve had some amazing sunny days  and preparing garden beds and sowing seeds is well underway. Last week I planted the first tray of seedlings in the greenhouse, they are coming along nicely and I’ve just planted a second one. We use a heat pad under...
Appropriate technology

Appropriate technology

Appropriate technology is a word that can cover a lot of tools from scythes to computers,Appropriate technology is a word that can cover a lot of tools from scythes to computers, portable electric fences to grain grinders, generally an item that creates a big...

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Tree crops for staple food

Tree crops for staple food

We’ve been experimenting with different uses of chestnuts. We had a big chestnut crop this year and managed to keep most of them from the birds. We had lots and lots for breakfast every morning (and sometimes for dinner)  for a couple of months while they were fresh,...
Winter and Rainy Day Jobs

Winter and Rainy Day Jobs

The glorious spud. We grow a lot of potatoes here, this season we’ve harvested over 200 kilos so far and still have a few in the ground. Spuds are a great  staple food to grow at home because they are easy to grow, highly productive and take minimal processing work...
Orchard Management and Outdoor Cooking

Orchard Management and Outdoor Cooking

This image of the cellar shows the boiled down (pun anyone?) result of lots of work put in over the summer.  We are just about at the end of bottling season and just getting into using the bottled fruit. Ive been working on cutting up and bottling the last few damaged...
Bent Grass and Reading Landscapes

Bent Grass and Reading Landscapes

Though the list of benefits of a diverse, integrated systems are many (broad range of produce year round, disease control, etc)  nothing is perfect and there are challenges with a high level of integration on a small scale. Bent grass (Agrostis spp) , known for its...
Apple Pressing, Green Manure, Building and More

Apple Pressing, Green Manure, Building and More

We recently did a joint apple pressing with our nieghbor and friend, Maureen, her WWOOFer and our WWOOfers. Apple pressing is a great way to turn a surplus of fruit into juice or other products and can be a great community event.  In our area there are a few different...
Summer Turns to Fall

Summer Turns to Fall

A few weeks before the fall equinox we had a very clear change from hot, dry summer to cool and wet fall. The rains came earlier than usual (if there is a usual here, the southern hemisphere, especially australia is known for unpredictable weather) and with it came a...
Fruit Galore

Fruit Galore

I am often asked what a normal day is like for me here, a very difficult question to answer as there really is no normal here, no average day. Today I will write about yesterday, in chronological order to give an idea of what a day here can be like. I started my day...
The Summer Rolls On

The Summer Rolls On

Since my last post we’ve got started with another lot of WOOFers. When the 3 of them arrived the garden and orchard was in pretty good shape and we spent some time building up one of the paths on the property. I got a lesson in chainsaw ripping, which was very...