Sunday, 25 September 2016

Garden: Hugelkultur - First Steps in Permaculture

I am a lazy gardener. That, plus the recent onset of rheumatoid disease, has led me to adopt a largely no-dig approach in my vegetable garden; I say largely because I do engage in the occasional frenzied forking-over sessions to try and discourage the mole and more particularly the field voles. You can read my latest vole rant Here.

Whilst reading up on trying to run a no dig system in tandem with lots of happily digging mammals, I came across a reference to Hugelkultur and more importantly, Hugelkultur raised beds, a highly moisture retentive construction of decaying timber topped with soil.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Silent Sunday: Salers, Cantal.

Ancient buildings, fantastic scenery and beautiful cattle brought back from the brink of extinction - three days in the Auvergne.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Garden: Olive Tree

Back in the 1990s we lived in Plymouth in the south west of England, warm if somewhat wet, and we were pretty certain we could get an olive tree to grow, even if not fruit. We had visions of olive groves but for safety we kept our single plant in a pot should our coastal bit of Devon experience a rare cold snap.

Olives on the tree in August 2016, but will they ripen?