To improve the soil

To improve the soil

Here and there throughout the garden, my daughter and I are planting faba beans. We will let them grow till harvest and then dig the stems back into the soil to add organic matter to it.

From 6 cuttings Sage

From 6 cuttings Sage

I planted  sage 10 years ago and it looked beautiful in it’s second year. I pruned and pruned every year or two, but eventually it became woody and with less and less foliage. Last year I took 6 cuttings from…

Greenhouse

Greenhouse

The greenhouse, was added to the north facing facade of our home to bring warmth to the living areas, the study and front bedroom. It does this beautifully and has alleviated the need to have a heater in our bedroom…

Brick fence

Brick fence

A brick fence/wall, especially a high one, can be great at helping you create a warm microclimate for subtropical plants and can wind protect them too. However in our case our low brick fence was reducing our productive space as…

Chicken House Garden Cupboard

Chicken House Garden Cupboard

I hoped for a garden cupboard,  I hoped to be able to walk up, see clearly what’s on offer, grab and walk away, so I asked Ralf if he could build us a garden cupboard which could double as a chicken house….

Soil Structure

Soil Structure

When the  desire to garden hits then I want nothing to stand in my way…except that if the soil is wet, then wait I must. Soil structure is diminished if you cultivate a soil when wet and if you stand…

Out to roam

Out to roam

For the most part I keep the chickens in their run, it is large and comfortable and everything they need is there. I let them out in the garden only occasionally but need to do so more often. I have raised garden…

Nitrogen Fix

Nitrogen Fix

I like to give myself and the garden a bit of a break in winter so I tend to grow a modest crop. Instead the focus for me is on replenishing the soil with nitrogen. For that reason peas and…

Bathing chicken

Bathing chicken

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What could have been

What could have been

So we removed the concrete drive, placed two railway sleepers along the length instead. We wanted to be able to park the car in the drive way occasionally and the sleepers help to prevent soil compaction (we navigate our wheels…