The Polyculture team led by Scott and Haidee Robinson, will help you create a comprehensive plan for your property.
Beneficial outcomes of a managed property plan can include:
- Healthy self sustaining landscape
- Regenerative low maintenance food production
- Water security
- Reduced fire risk
- Increased wildlife habitat and refuge
- Increased soil fertility
- Holistically managed live stock


Suburban Landscapes

For a resilient garden, we recommend native species to your region. With the right mix, they can offer year round colour, diversity in leaf texture, size and flowers. Native species will out live many of the exotic and hybrid plants. For true resilient natives, contact your local landcare group to source plants. Young plants not pot bound will have more vigorous growth when planted out in mulched healthy soil. 

Polyculture can also advise on how to include edible gardens onto your property which will add colour and diversity keeping the local ecology healthy and your family well nourished.

This shows how to create access through an unused and unsightly area

Stone steps 

Including some "foodscaping" into your garden adds colour and diversity which keeps that local environment healthy, thanks to the beneficial insects it attracts. Our experience has shown that integrated landscapes remain more pest resistant which means less or no chemical use required. Including an organic landscape design into a holistic approach will benefit your health and your property.

Growing your own food can save up to $2,000 per person per year!

A mix of bean vines, trees, herbs and flowers

Beans & Flowers

Home grown fresh nutrient dense food will benefit your wallet, your taste buds, your body, your mind and your environment. Talk to your neighbours about sharing and or trading each others produce. 

Surround yourself with a salad garden

BBQ Courtyard

Using access space can beautify and feed you

Backyard steps 

If you plant where you walk everyday, it makes maintenance and harvesting easy, and the colours are fantastic!

Silverbeet and flowers

How can you grow your own food and keep it easy to manage and maintain?

Polyculture is about integrating people with nature by growing your own food in a natural living ecosystem. How we assemble all the elements to reduce energy requirements is what makes it easy for you.

We can show you how to do your own:

no dig gardens

metal raised bed  timber raised beds

  metal raised beds & terraced timber beds


We recommend garden beds which are made from salvaged timber that has been felled but isn’t suitable for mainstream timber industries. The timbers we use represent a significant carbon sink while preserved in our products and their removal from regenerated forests allows regrowth with great capacity to absorb carbon dioxide and an opportunity to flourish.


food forests - orchard design + implementation

food forest informal  formal food forest

informal food forest                  formal food forest

Orchards are an integral part of a vertically layered food forest that can sustain itself for millennia. From ground cover herbs under berry bushes all the way up to mature nut trees, fruit trees & large canopy cover trees that can sustain a balanced supply of fruit & veg for all inhabitants.

One option is Food Forests  which gives you a collective mix of productive plants stacked in one space.

A food forest can be comprised of up to nine layers, the uppermost layer being the canopy layer. The canopy is comprised of tall trees — typically large fruit and nut trees. Between the tall canopy layer trees, there is a layer of low growing, typically smaller fruit trees. Mind you, a small fruit tree can be up to 4m (12’) tall, so don’t think these are necessarily very low trees! Nestled between all the small trees are the shrubs – which are well represented by currants and berries.


Filling the remaining space is the herbaceous layer, this can be the culinary and medicinal herbs, companion plants, bee-forage plants and poultry forage plants. Any remaining space is occupied by ground cover plants. These form a living mulch that protects the soil, reduces water loss to evaporation, and prevents weeds growing. All can be 100% edible and many can be native species.

We can still go a level deeper to the rhizosphere, or root zone, the underground level which is occupied by all our root crops, such as potatoes, carrots, ginger, turmeric etc. While that might seem like a lot of plants in one space, we still have one more layer to fill, the upright vertical space. This is filled by climbers and vines, which can be run up trellises, arbours, fences, trees or any other vertical support. This category includes grapes, climbing beans, many berries, passionfruit, kiwi fruit, climbing peas, chokos and many other species that love to climb.

Another important area when developing your property is orchard planning. Use the link to learn a little more before you start planting fruit tress.

Fish & fresh water crays

barra  cooked fish

Imagine growing fresh fish for around $3/kilo! Aquaponics offers many possibilities if set up correctly! 

red claw fresh                                crayfish sandwich

Fresh water crays, Claws! These little lovely's live off all sorts of organisms in the water in an integrated system & they will feed you and your family for years to come!

It is advisable to purge any fresh water fish or claws in salted water for a few days, not only does it clean the flesh, it also enhances the taste as if it came fresh from the ocean!

Goats and sheep can give you milk, cheese & meat

White Dorpers              goats 

Goats and pigs can clean out undergrowth faster than any other animal and fertilise at the same time. They will also eat what your cattle or sheep do not. Goat meat is the most widely eaten meat on the planet, so why not start your own mob and clear all those unwanted weeds and shrubs out!

keeping food fresh for longer

There are so many great ways to keep excess food nutritious, healthy & fresh. Fermented foods have fantastic health benefits for us & is a skill worth learning. Preserving fruit & veg in jars during their non growing season adds to your recipe arsenal. Curing meats adds so much flavour you will wonder why you have not done it all your life.

fermented foods            pickled foods

     fermented foods                       pickled foods

the best way to manage your surplus & your health is by fermenting & preserving your foods to eat out of season produce, many of these foods release even more good nutrients into your body when fermented. Contact us to find out more!

      cured meats                smoked fish

        cured meats                            smoked fish

Please Contact us any time for a no obligation talk about how we can help you, improve your property.

This image shows an on site first draft property plan sketch Sample design

Below are Master Plan graphic examples. Step by step instructions are detailed for each property and not included here.

This design was created for a village in NSW of 300 people to secure all their nutrient needs on site.

Sample designs

This design was created for a school of 400 students to service the school tuckshop.

Sample designs

 A suburban design for a family of 6 wanting more shade, and home grown food.

Sample designs

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""Thank you so much. We could not believe that an area so lifeless of growth could become so green, beautiful and feed us! Fantastic"

- R & L Clark Glenview Qld -