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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Who’s left on the farm?

One little piggy might be in the freezer but we still have these two, enjoying a break from the mud in the garage. The sheep are happy in their field, and getting used to a little bit of food in the morning as part of my taming procedure. Today I’m taking a fecal sample to […]

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New hens, new hedge, new veg

The smallholding year started again this weekend. There’s been a lot of digging, not least in order to plant a new hedge – sixty plants of ten different species – in our solid clay soil.   The vegetable garden has been given an overhaul and we’ve got onions and garlic coming along nicely, along with […]

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