Raising the beds

Our first raised beds were made from old floorboards and roof beams from some attic renovations. Oh, and the blood, sweat and tears of my husband. A random array of different shapes and sizes, they did help protect our easily compacted clay soil from too much trampling. Large amounts of well-rotted manure were added annually […]

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Greenhouse cleanup

Since the excitement of a daily tomato harvest has passed, the greenhouse has started to look like it’s being reclaimed by nature. Coupled with some hen-related untidying, it’s a sorry sight. Normally I would leave this until the moment it’s time to plant seeds but this year I’m determined to be more organised. Today was the […]

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The hungry gap: unless you’re a bee. Or a fox.

The sun is out and the field is full of lush green grass – things have never felt more fertile and productive. In self-sufficiency terms however, things have seldom been less busy. The vegetable patch is miles behind compared with previous years and apart from a few strawberries and the occasional egg (thanks hens) we’re […]

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