Sheepy smallholders

Given that we’ve spent over half a year starting to mould our land and getting chickens established, it might sound strange if I say that I only really started to feel like a smallholder a week ago when our lovely sheep arrived. We’d been looking for sheep for some time; we even went to a […]

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The Hen Hatch (Patent pending)

Our chickens in our original brood used to free range widely around a couple of paddocks. When we got our new hens after the poor first lot got snaffled by a bloodthirsty fox (henceforth known as Land Pike), we decided to take the opportunity to give them an upgrade in accommodation. Enter a new hen […]

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Planting an edible boundary hedge

Our little smallholding is surrounded by very appropriate but rather ugly stock fencing. We needed something that would fit in well with the rural nature of our village, but that would keep our livestock safe (and, frankly, would keep other people’s dogs out). However, the stock fencing that was in existence when we moved in […]

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Cat-proofing the garden

As our son has grown and changed, so has what we need from our garden. Whilst I want to grow as much as I can, GarlicBoy also needs some grass to play on, and we also need space to keep the kinds of things that I don’t want him playing with (think secateurs…) so we […]

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A rose by any other name: Golden showers

I have exactly two non-edible plants in the garden. One is the Peony I managed to buy on the last day of the Chelsea Flower Show 2014, and the other is a climbing yellow “Golden showers” rose (well hellllooooo confused google searchers….!). When I was younger, my mother, who was an avid gardener, walled one […]

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Cat-proofing an urban garden

Cat-proof garden fence …or, as we’re fondly calling it, “Prison yard chic”. That’s right folks. I know that the indoor cat vs outdoor cat debate has picked up over the last few years. Personally I think that to deny cats access to the outdoor world isn’t too kind, but the reason I have hypocritically done […]

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Taking one fence at a time

Space in London is at a premium and we guard it jealously. When we first bought Garlic Towers, we were shocked to find that our rotting and decrepit (and for some reason, bright blue) fence wasn’t actually standing on our boundary but that we’d lost almost a foot (or about 30cm) from the back of […]

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Getting started

One of the first things that needed to be done when we took over our garden was to fight back against the wilderness that occupied the space we so badly wanted as ours. So a mammoth pruning session ensued (tempered slightly by the discovery of a nest in a neighbour’s overhanging bush that we didn’t […]

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