Tag Archives: Veg

Cornwall

On route to Cornwall we visited the Eden Project.  It’s incredible and well worth the visit.  Sitting on the site of a disused clay quarry it’s demonstrates the power of regeneration in only 12 years.  I am somewhat dubious about their energy usage but they are displaying an incredible amount of learning material.  It seems they will soon be building a large geothermal power plant.  We also visited friends in Cornwall.  Living in a small yurt community and studying renewable energy at Falmouth Uni is a nice combination.  On leaving Cornwall we ended up in Somerset and the first stop was Burrowhill Cider!

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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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April – developing the veg garden…

More seed planting, bringing in more manure and the first signs of blossom on the new trees.  We were also donated a plastic pond which was an addition to the bath in the vegetable garden – great for attracting pest predators..

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Starting our veg garden…

Our vegetable garden was made purely with what we could find mostly for free.  We gathered lots of cardboard to sheet mulch with.  We then collected hazel from the hedge rows on our lane and began to weave some raised beds.  We found more old fence posts and marked out our area – nice and close to the van and the shipping container.  On freecycle we came across as much rotten horse poo as we needed and we mixed that with comfrey.  It wasn’t long before we had our first packs of biodynamic seeds from Stormy Hall Seeds and were planting them.  A gate and some chicken wire kept out the deer and rabbits and we were away…

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