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…

Urban Greening

Urban Greening

In 2003 when we moved to our Reservoir home, Ralf and I finally had the opportunity to apply all the knowledge we had gained over many years of study and visits to Sustainable Homes, to create our own sustainable/sensible home….

Autumn is for rejuvenating and fattening my garden.

Autumn is for rejuvenating and fattening my garden.

At this time of the year I try to focus on replenishing my soil with nutrients, sowing green manures, cleaning out summer plants, and pruning berry plants. The largest garden bed has been cleared and broad beans sown to increase…