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Records our experiments, thoughts and activities as we convert a concrete covered farmyard into a.. permaculture haven. Includes forest gardening, no-dig vegetable growing, wildlife habitat creation.. and solar powered irrigation.

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  • Understanding Soil Ecosystems
    on May 27, 2016 in reclamation soil
    I've been doing a little research into soil ecosystems. After all, this is what my no-dig approach is all about - supporting those networks of life within the soil that help to keep it healthy and full of nutrients for my plants. And what I've found...
  • The Forest Garden Begins
    on Apr 27, 2015 in forest garden plants
    At last, I feel I can say that we have a proper forest garden - albeit a very young one - and not just the little foresty bits around the edges that it's been for so long. We've been planning and working towards this for years, having started with an...
  • Year round saladsOne of the dreams I've been chasing in my garden over the last few years is to have year round salads without any effort at all. I'm quite a fan of a fresh green salad, but as a busy mum of two busy young kids, I struggle to keep a good succession of...
  • Minerals and plants
    on Apr 13, 2015
    I've been doing some research into minerals and plants. I want to make sure the soil I've revealed from under all that concrete is now capable of being as productive as possible and I've found out a few things about how vitally important minerals are...
  • Spring Natives
    on Apr 7, 2015 in plants
    I've got a bit of a native plant obsession going on at the moment. Actually, it's been building over the last couple of years, ever since watching Monty Don's around the world in 80 gardens and seeing the beautiful home garden by Chilean architect Ju...
  • Perennial Runner Beans - Year 2
    on Dec 17, 2014
    So last year I planted out my runner beans, the variety chosen specifically to try and keep them alive through the winter. And this year, to my delight, when I peeled back the straw mulch I'd wrapped them up in last autumn, they were still alive!They...
  • Plant Led Soil Improvement
    on Dec 17, 2014 in forest garden plants reclamation soil
    We didn't find brilliant soil when we stripped up the concrete. It was pretty heavy clay and pretty well compacted too - especially after being driven over with heavy machinery several times. So in order to fulfill my dreams of a highly productive fo...
  • Salad Leaves in a Perennial Polyculture
    on Dec 28, 2013 in plants vegetables
    I've been growing a number of plants alongside my runner beans this year as the beginnings of my intended perennial vegetable garden.The star attraction was a perennial salad plant - siberian purslane. The theory is that this is easily grown from s...
  • Creating a Vegetable Garden the No-Dig WayDon't get me wrong, it may be a no-dig creation, but spades have definitely been involved. However, the method I've used has been infinitely easier than trying to dig over the horribly compacted and heavily stone ridden soil we were left with after t...
  • Perennial Runner Beans
    on Nov 22, 2013 in experiments plants vegetables
    This year I started something I've been wanting to try for quite some time now. I found out a while ago that runner beans are actually perennial, it's just that our climate here in the UK is a little too cold for them in winter. It's said that if you...
  • 2013 - An eventful year
    on Nov 11, 2013
    I just wanted to write something as a bit of an update about what's happened this year. Lots has been going on out on our new concrete-free yard, but I've just not had time to write about any of it!So the concrete came up about a year ago now - octob...
  • Introducing Our Soil
    on Oct 22, 2012 in soil reclamation
    At long last, we've done it!We have soil!And graveland stoney patchesand some weird stained areas and lots of broken up bricks and tiles and even a crushed kitchen sink complete with taps. All exposed from their previous home under all that concrete.
  • Oh yeah!
    on Aug 7, 2012 in reclamation
    Need I say more?
  • Year Three In ReviewSo it's been just over three years now. This last year we've had some very exciting developments - we've become a trainee part of the Permaculture Association's LAND Learning Network and we have a new baby; but we've also had the ongoing disappointme...
  • Concrete Countdown!
    on Jul 23, 2012 in reclamation
     It's bye bye concrete time..At last, I'm delighted to announce that a date has been set for the concrete to come up and it's two weeks from today! Wowzers, I thought this day would never come, so I'm utterly thrilled and very excited about what...
  • A New Dawn in the War on Nettles
    on May 11, 2012 in aesthetics weeds reclamation
    Year two in our war on nettles has begun and we're looking at a vastly improved patch from last year.It's been quite a fight to get it there though - after our initial nettle massacre last year and the elation that followed at the almost instant tran...
  • Bed Edging for a Pretty Plot
    on Mar 27, 2012 in aesthetics
    With all this gorgeous spring weather going on, we took the baby out for his first family day trip over the weekend. The day handily doubled up as inspiration for prettying up the vegetable garden.We visited the beautiful walled garden at Attingham P...