WE DON’T NEED NO CROP ROTATION – a look at a companion planting alternative

Kim Blog, Gardening, Ideas, resilience

 How you can be in good company with a more free spirited approach to planting on your plot… Most gardening books will tell you about the importance of crop rotation ‘blah, blah, brassicas after legumes”… “waffle, waffle, potatoes first…”  It’s a planting system that is undoubtedly sensible if a) you’re a market gardener and will be growing produce en masse or …

Gardening gets a youth takeover

Kim Blog, Gardening, Life, resilience

I had an interest in the great outdoors from a very young age. I can remember as a child being mesmerised, watching as hundreds of baby spiders emerged and spread themselves bravely across a web. I wanted to grow veg but my parents didn’t know how, so I threw carrot seeds in the ground recklessly, hoping for the best. Trying …

GETTING DOWN-TO-EARTH – a focus on soil

Kim Blog, Food, Gardening, Life, resilience

If you want to feel better in this increasingly worrying world in which we reside then go and stick your hands in some good honest soil. Forget about gloves, and everything else you have going on in your life, and get stuck in. Pick some up, run it through your fingers and get connected because the healthier the soil, the …

HOW TO MAKE 2017 your year for gardening

Kim Blog, Gardening, resilience

Having closed the door firmly on an absolute scoundrel of a year (2016, you know I’m referring to you), it’s time to stick my hands in some good honest compost and get ready to delight once again in the restorative magic of watching as new shoots emerge bravely from the darkness and into the light. Yes the world is in …

SEASONAL EATS from Troed y Rhiw Organics – Winter’s respite

Alicia Miller Blog, Food, Gardening, resilience, Seasonal cooking

In her latest blog on seasonal food, Alicia Miller explains how they bring a taste of summer to their plates in late January… As we packed our Christmas vegetable boxes a few weeks back, it was apparent that the rootiest time of year was upon us – potatoes, carrots, parsnips, beets, swedes and celeriac are the staples of holiday meals. …

BEAT the January Blues

Kim Gardening, Life, resilience

Let’s face it – January isn’t a popular month. In fact it’s widely considered to be the most depressing month of the year. We’ve also just had so-called ‘Blue Monday’ as it’s referred to throughout the media, although arguably this year that could have been changed to ‘Black Friday’ , certainly for all liberal-minded folk around the world. Dastardly politics …

HOW TO make your own Christmas decorations

Kim Blog, Gardening, Life

It was the posh shabby-chic Christmas catalogue that came through the post a few years back that provided an incentive for me to start making my own festive decorations from items gathered from the garden. I balked at what they were charging for what (appeared to me) to be simply bits of tree with silver spray-painted on them…. Instead, with …

The UNSCHOOLERS – on managing discrimination and judgement

Lehla Eldridge Blog, Life

In an extract from their new book; home schoolers Lehla and her husband, Anthony talk about their experiences when it comes to dealing with the sometimes disapproving reactions of others…   Anthony says: Sometimes people get curious and want to know if our way of life works according to their framework. Some of our relatives sneak little tests in to reassure …

DOING IT IN WELLIES – Working with chefs

Sam Gray Blog, Food, Life, Seasonal cooking

 In this second blog for us, inspirational lady-farmer, Sam explains how much she enjoys working with local restaurants. There is no greater privilege for a smallholder like me than tasting your home-reared, much loved, rare breed produce on the menu of a well reputed restaurant.  I recently enjoyed a spectacular 10 course taster menu exquisitely prepared by Director Chef Chris …