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Squealing Pigs

The pig club pigs are usually in the market for more food, and they like to let you know about it, just in case there’s a chance of some more… They’re less articulate than Oliver Twist in many ways, but … Continue reading

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Using 12V batteries on a smallholding

We had some power woes with one of the electric fences, which reminded me on the pain I had initially trying to keep the rabbit fence electic fence running. I’ve writtten up an article on the care and feeding of … Continue reading

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Muck, Glorious muck

To grow veg we need more organic matter in the soil, and it so happens that right next door there is an excellent source of it in the horses at the stables. They need to get rid of it and … Continue reading

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Squash and Potato Harvesting, Working Party

The Squash harvest looks good, you’ll have already had the Spaghetti Squash and some of the Butternut squash, we have a good harvest of the Japanese squash n the cold frames for storage (this stores better than the other two) … Continue reading

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October’s second veg box

– 3 or more courgettes – 1 butternut squash – 1kg potatoes – small fennel bulb – 3 chillis (not shown) – 350g tomatoes – 1 pepper (red or green) – 180g Swiss chard – 500g carrots – 1 sunflower

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Goldfinches add some charm to the Oak Tree

A charm of goldfinches seems to have taken up residence near the main building, often twittering in the tree behind. They are drawn to the sunflower seeds next to the polytunnel and often spend some time on them after the … Continue reading

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October’s first veg box

– 1 spaghetti squash – 2 courgettes – 700g carrots – 250g Swiss chard -200g tomatoes – 1 butternut squash – 3 chillis (not shown) – a couple or three sunflowers

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Got Squash?

Yep, we have a fair amount – it’s been harvested to get ahead of any frosts, hard as that is to imagine in this last week of balmy weather. The cold frames are doing a handy service looking after this … Continue reading

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Harvesting potatoes at the Oak Tree

We have a new attachment for the tractor, a potato lifter to get the potatoes to the surface where they can be bagged ready for storage. Harvesting the potatoes was great teamwork – Frans found this fine toad which we … Continue reading

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Oak Tree Harvest Festival 2011

We held our Harvest Festival today, and the potent Elderflower wine from flowers collected at the Wild Food walk earlier in the year went down very well.  

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