This blog is a personal diary describing the work on a piece of land recently acquired in the Central Highlands in Victoria. At an altitude of 610 metres, in a small township of approx. 500 people, this 2 1/4 acre block is mostly without trees, however blackberries line the north and south boundaries in varying widths, at worst about 15 metres in depth. The east and west boundaries have sporadic clumps of blackberries however the east boundary borders on a neighboring property whose occupants have most likely kept the blackberries in check. The western boundary borders on crown land and is populated by Eucalypts, grasses and blackberries alike. To the south at the bottom of the hill is another expanse of Crown land, reserved as a water catchment area.
It is crazy to consider removing the blackberries by hand. However our attempts to create a beautiful and edible garden are due to the desire to encompass organic practices and are influenced by a Permaculture philosophy.