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Foraging and Preserving

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.

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August – Pulling up Potatoes…

We have been away from The patch for quite a few weeks but on returning during August was a great surprise and the harvest was excellent from the veg garden.  We were able to give my Granddad a nice big veg box for his birthday.  One of the great reasons for growing fresh organic vegetables is that you can supply your friends and family with surplus…

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July – Sudden abundance

The first week in July and already our vegetable garden is producing an abundance of tasty food.  Nina’s medlar has settled in nicely.  Everything is mulched to hold moisture and suppress those volunteer plants.  We seem to have no pests eating anything as Nina carefully chose where to position plants to benefit one another and exploit those niches…

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PDC at The Patch

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…

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Nina’s Medlar

At the beginning of June we planted a medlar tree for our new niece – Nina Eve. We decided to put it in with our vegetable garden using the principle of the things that are closest to zone 1 get the most attention.  The Patch is starting to look very nice and soon we’ll be welcoming our students for a Permaculture Design Course…

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The Patch Design

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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