The Unexpected Wheat Harvest

Unexpected Wheat 2016Another of the joys at The Secret Acre in making a start on the garden this year has been unexpected discoveries of some of the things already lurking in the undergrowth.

But we were still surprised by our unexpected wheat harvest.

In a neglected grass verge overdue the attentions of the strimmer, two ears of wheat proudly emerged, presumably from seeds blown in from a nearby farmer’s field!

Green Roof, Yellow Roof

Green Roof - 3 July 2016The green sedum roof remains one of the highlights of our eco-makeover at The Secret Acre.

Visually striking, it is a daily joy to behold as it changes and evolves across the seasons.

In June and July a profusion of small white and yellow flowers have blossomed in the green, attracting a mass of bees and insects.

Who’s your Self-Sufficiency Inspiration?

AbeLincoln“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land” – Abraham Lincoln

If Abe, the dollar bill guy was right, then we ought to be celebrating our heroes of self-sufficiency.

But who are your own personal heroes?

Take our poll and let us know! Continue reading

Our first Veg

First Ever Veg - Broad Beans June 2016No sooner had we opined that our new veg bed might successfully produce some harvest after all, than our first veg duly arrived in the form of Broad Beans.

In fairness the young broad bean plugs has been gifted to us by a kindly neighbour, rather than being fully our own work, but we are still taking it as a win.

Fortunately we also happen to love broad bean pesto discovered a few years ago thanks to the services at the time of an Able & Cole veg box, and can highly recommend it to you if you’ve never tried it.