The first building and landscape project was at Porcupine Ridge, Daylesford in the 1970s.
The acre surrounding the newly-built house was initially ringed with native species, predominantly Blackwood Wattles, which were adapted to this temperate region. Gradually , within this windbreak a mixed garden was established, including edible plants, fruits and nuts.
Shallow clay soils predominated and these were augmented with layers of mulch and organic matter from compost and manures. Soil layers were built on top of the ground rather than by digging. This assisted the drainage and achieved excellent results.
It was surprising how rich and varied a garden was achievable in these shallow, depleted soils.