Category Archives: Permaculture

All because of four beans

I’m doing a little experiment: four broad bean seeds have been planted straight into the raised bed. Will they germinate? Who knows – but with a large packet of seeds, there is nothing to lose by finding out. As it … Continue reading

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Convalescence activities

It’s not often I spend a day reading but yesterday I threw in the towel and learned a lot from the Internet (novels I can only read in paper form). On my metaphorical travels, I came across legal information pertaining … Continue reading

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Seedballs in small spaces

Before setting off for the annual Wassail at Old Sleningford Farm, I managed a few minutes in my own garden. Not a particularly onerous task but one that gave me immense satisfaction. At the Permaculture Ambassadors’ Conference in Birmingham last … Continue reading

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Looking back, moving forward

I’ve totally up how much produce I got from the garden last year and by my estimations, had I bought this stuff it would have cost me £183. The figure quoted above is down considerably on last year (2017’s was … Continue reading

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A Christmas trip round the world

I wouldn’t say I’ve managed to get round the entire world today but I’ve made a good start. Hopefully, before too long I will be able to start filling my garden with some of the perennial plants listed in Stephen … Continue reading

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Just pungent or rotting ?

The pot where the wild garlic was being stored, after its removal from the original bed (in order to get rid of ground elder and in readiness for the day lilies), didn’t have big enough drainage holes in it. Thus, … Continue reading

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The Great British Bean

Ever heard of Hodmedod’s? I discovered this company at the wonderful Hunters of Helmsley, which was selling British-grown fava beans in what appeared to be non-plastic packaging. Moving forward, I eventually got round to looking at the Hodmedod website and … Continue reading

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