When we arrived back to The Patch after a couple of music festivals in mid July we were surprised to find a planning enforcement notice attached to the new roof we had erected. It turns out that as we have less than 5 hectares we need to submit a planning application even for a small agricultural building like the one we have built. It has taken a little while to understand the requirements, gather the information and find the confidence to do the technical drawing myself but this weekend we made the submission online to Breckland Council. Fingers crossed. As well as the drawing which I really enjoyed doing I have learnt how useful google sketchup can be for 3D design. Check out the pics.
Posted in Building, Environment, Permaculture
Tagged 3D, council, Design, Green Roof, Natural Building, Norfolk, Patch, planning permission, Shipping Container, Sketchup, Technical Drawing
I’ve just finished reading this amazing and insightful book by Robert Hart. When learning about designing a food forest I kept hearing about how not to do it like Robert Hart did which intrigued me. Mostly people have talked about his closed canopy temperate forest garden which didn’t allow much light to the lower layers. I say that it’s a good job somebody didn’t do it perfectly as it has allowed the rest of us to learn from his non-perfect garden. In this book however Robert talks in depth about his philosophies and world views with great suggestions and solutions whilst referencing some great work that I had not come across before. A must read for perma-junkies or indeed anyone interested in world changing!
Posted in Food, Health, Permaculture
Tagged Books, Design, Eden, Food, Food Forest, Fruit, Health, Mulch, Robert Hart, Solutions, Veg, Water, Wild Food
Most of our carrots seem to be ready and we’re picking them as we need them at the moment…stacking in time!!! Nina has been busy foraging hazels, crab apples and blackberries from around The Patch and has made some delicious jam that I’m sure we will eat into the winter! The green roof has taken well and we are keen to get it finished now. We’re now on the hunt for plenty of cardboard and organic mulch for the fruit tree’s in the food forest. We will be creating a guild around each tree with a large area of cardboard covered in some well rottened poo and straw mulch or 18 day compost if we can get some made up soon. We will then plant some fruit, herbaceous perennials and other supporting plants. This will create small islands within the food forest that in time will be expanded to form a large and balanced eco-system.
Posted in Food, Permaculture
Tagged Beneficial Insect Plants, Design, Food Forest, Foraging, Fruit, Green Roof, Guilds, Jam, Natural Building, Patch, Preserving, Veg, Wild Food
The middle of June saw The Patch host it’s first PDC with Richard Perkins coming to teach in his unique style. The yurt went up, the kitchen was built, the library installed and before we knew it there was more than 2o people pitched up for the next 3 weeks. It was an incredible learning experience and one I was very glad to be part of. Details of the internship to follow…
March came and we suddenly had lots and lots to do. Firstly I marked out where all the trees in the food forest were going to be planted using stakes. Then a whole bunch of trees were delivered from The Agroforestry Research Trust. The next day the guy came back to move the shipping container with more success than the first time. We did a carboot sale and got rid of lots of unnecessary possessions. Such a good feeling to feel lighter. We erected a fence around the food forest and friends came from London to help plant hedging. Our first veg box arrived and we saw Barny the owl. We built a compost bay with free pallets and fence posts that were scavenged…
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When in Australia and using google earth for the measurements and slop etc I decided to get to work with a design for The Patch. I created a 1:100 scale drawing and began the process of mapping a design. Check … Continue reading