Welcome to our blog. It will follow the development of our garden from quagmire, after completion of our self-build, to a garden that reflects our eco-friendly principles. We are wanting to create a garden that meets our needs as a family but is also a wildlife friendly zone. Well that's what we are hoping, time will tell if we are successful.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Yolky update

A little while ago, one of the hens laid a tiny egg.

We cracked it in the interest of science but there was not a proper yolk. It was interesting but it hasn't happened again. The hens are still laying about 2 eggs a day though, despite the shorter daylight hours and lower temperatures.

We also had a busy time collecting apples. We made them into apple juice with the help of my friend, Nicky

 It was great fun to see the apple juice emerge from the press but we were exhausted.

By the end of the evening we had the most fantastic apple juice ever but we were so exhausted we could have done with a glass of the original contents of  the bottle!

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Autumn Harvest

There is something tremendously satisfying in growing your own veg. Tonight we finished the last of our Desiree potatoes. They tasted great fried with a bit of onion and garlic.

The curly kale is growing well. Not sure how I'm going to cook it.

I'm very pleased with the carrots, it is the first time I've managed to grow any without carrot fly or other foes eating them. I think I should have thinned them out though.

The carrot tops are going to a good home!
There are plenty of these about, they seem to like the spinach.

Meanwhile, in the front garden there is plenty of life...a Red Admiral sunning himself on the gravel.

The garden is looking more how I imagined it now.

This is Thomas' Rowan tree after 3 years it's starting to look pretty good.

The Cornus Alba is looking amazing. I hope to take cuttings from that soon.  It tried last year let's just say the success rate was 1/20...