Updated: Jan 28
We've trying to up-skill as much as possible in the garden. Planting everywhere we can, using different and novel (as well as ancient) growing techniques and trying to integrate all this with our wider household economy and lifestyle.
We're doing this primarily to be the best stewards of what God has given us but also because, right now, we all need to play our part in averting the climate and soil disasters that are just around the corner. We're also doing this in order to gain the skills to help others near and and far to do the same. We've been reading/watching/gossiping about both permaculture and food foresting for some time now and are hoping to get both a Permacultre Design Course (PDC) and Food Forest Management course under our belts in the very near future. This will help us to better do the above but also give us a luachpad to better help our partners in South East Asia and elsewhere around the world... exciting times!
Number 1: Whistle Stop Tour Around The Garden
You really can pack a lot of fun things into a regular-ish sized garden (2/3 the size of the British average). Wish we’d done this 6 months ago... a lot has changed, will hopefully find some photos for reference.
Number 2: COMPOST
Hot Composting with Hotbin composting. Added intros from a video we put together for Creation Fest UK. This is perhaps the most important garden vlog we’ll do. Sure, we need a new breed of politics that ensures policies that are made safeguard the environment but we can all be doing our bit in our own back yard - if we don’t... food will run out in our kids’ lifetime and you already know where the climate is currently heading!
Number 3: SLUGS & SNAILS
The common enemy of every British gardener - here's how we deal with them and also a hope for a post pest world where every creature finds a useful niche in the system... in this case a very small one in space and time that if they slide outside of they get eaten by a nce pest-predator - come on you hedgehogs and frogs!
Number 4: POST HOLIDAY OVERVIEW
Time flies and things die when you're not in garden (and its scorching hot). We a lost a few of our perennial plants that were still in the nursery stage. The rest had enough resilience to make it through!
Number 5: TAKING PLANTS OUT & CARING FOR YOUR SOIL
Don't pull! When it comes to the end of a season or cropping has fallen off and you want space for something new don't get over excited and disturb the soil. Try to keep the soil in tact when possible by cutting above the ground - the roots will decay releasing nutrients for whatever goes in the ground next and you'll better maintain beneficial relationships between soil biology (what relationship enjoys being pulled apart with a spade?)
Number 6: Intro to my Grandparents Plot and Our Attempts to Save and Rehabilitate the Soil
Number 7: An Encouragement to Gather Leaves...
and other autumn litterfall to get the soil ready for spring. Plus some serious soil geekery as we uncover what's gone on under the short term hugel.