Hi All, I live in NW NSW Australia on 5 acres of sandy soil. The 5 acres run crosswise with a slight slope downwards. It's a high fire danger area. I am not very knowedgable in permaculture but have always believed in it. I have a compost hole in the ground, covered with shade cloth held down with rocks. It is 8 x 3 feet & 2 feet deep. Have a few bottle brush & wattles etc along the fence line. Some gum trees down one end of the 5 acres. In the house yard I have 5 small iron raised beds; 1, of them I planted newly bought rhubarb in...not doing well from the heat, so 2 days ago, I put tom' stakes & shade cloth around & over & they are hanging in....I think. 2 of them I had silver beet in for years, with shade cloth over & around, they did very well then recently went to seed. 1 I planted sweet pot' last year & now....great. Last one I have beetroot & kale type plants with shade cloth over & around...all OK. After years of covering every evening, the frost killed my Lemon, lime & mandarin trees, so Hubby (Mark) & I built a green house made from shade cloth to cover the remaining ones; 2 lemons, an orange & a lemonade. A couple of years ago I also grew in there 2 cherry guavas & 1 NZ type feijoa. All are going well. I have kept my chokoe vine alive all winter in a 10" pot. It is going berserk in there now !! Am now building it a small shade cloth house to grow it in. Have my tomatoes growing along the sunny side & they all have leaf wilt now....sad !! Along 4ft high house fence I have a small row of nectarine trees & 1 small peach (some of it's trunk eaten away on 1 side) all were attacked in spring by grubs from the millions of white butterflies we had for a month here. Next year I will completely cover them with shade cloth. Up the top of house yard I have a small potato patch. It does well. Just mulch between the rows with hay. Across the paddock I have grown in sandy mounds 27 lots of vines. They stretch over a 60 metres distance & I have the vines in mounds about every 4 feet. Pumpkins, squash, rock melons, cucumbers etc. 2 days ago I pollinated my FIRST vegy from them..a kent pumpkin. It's doubled in size & today it is about 2.5 inches in diameter. Exciting. Our huge very old apricot tree died in spring, I have no idea why. Soon have to grow, 2 apples, 1 pear, 3 figs, bought in pots. Also 2 Pomegranate, a few nectarine, a few peaches, 4 cherries, & several apricots, I grew them all from seed. I am going to research more & a few that will not like the bad frosts, I might put in the big black pots till they are bigger & put them in the fern house over winter. Mark & I measured out the distance for the fruit trees; around 6 metres, then Mark dug big holes about 5 feet deep with the tractor. I am going to fill them with old logs, grass clippings, gum tree wood chips & soil. Then plant the tree on top of it. Any ideas would be appreciated ??? A couple of days ago I was researching & came across this wonderful site. And also, http://energyfanatics.com/2014/03/26/mycelium-definition-benefits-how-it-can-save-world/ I read all about Mycelium...amazing. And that will be the way I will be going with my gardening. I am not sure if I found the Mycelium link on this site, but I think I did. To liven my compost up & make beautiful soil full of mycelium....Yesterday I bought a mushroom kit & some mushroom compost & 500 live worms.......which I WAS going to put in my compost hole with some old mulched gum tree (I have a pile of, from when the trees were lopped by the electricity people). NOW MY DILEMMA.....HELP....HELP. ..After reading last night about the temperatures for the worms & the mushrooms, I realise I cannot go ahead with my brilliant plans... ((Mark is (right now) planting a temperature gauge under my near composted end of the compost hole & late this arvo we can see what the temp' is down there ! )) So now I have to make my new PET worms a home.( I put a little water & some lettuce & tomato etc in the plastic bag with them last might. I had a peak in the box & pl' bag a while ago & some are crawling all over the scraps...so I am happy...at least they are alive..seemed lifeless yesterday. Any ideas to make a quick makeshift home for them would be appreciated. I will buy a proper worm house in a week or so. Thank you for reading, looking fwd to hearing from you.