In previous years, last Friday would have seen me out on the veg patch planting our chitted seed potatoes.
Good Friday Potatoes’. I read it in a book way back and the idea stuck.
Apparently, Easter potato planting is a very English thing. The Irish prefer to use
St Patricks day. Continue reading
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Tagged BBC, biodynamic, biodynamic calendar, chitting, Easter, Emma Alesworth, Gardeners Question Time, Good Friday, GQT, Paul Rainger, potatoes, Smallholding, St Patricks Day, The Secret Acre, veg beds, veg growing, veg planting |
Although it feels like we are well into spring now, it was only this time last month that our local swales were heralding spring’s arrival with the first sighting of frog’s spawn.
clumps of spawn (eggs) can be laid in ponds anytime from January onwards in the south-west England, but we’ve never seen it that early here at The Secret Acre. Continue reading
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Tagged drainage, ecosystems, Emma Alesworth, erosion, flooding, frog, Paul Rainger, pond, Smallholding, spawn, Spring, swale, The Secret Acre, wildlife |
Pretty much all the stock fencing since we moved to The Secret Acre is in need of repair. We just about got away with putting off replacing the worst section in the paddock last winter.
This March we could put off taking action no longer.
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Tagged Copsegrove Farm, Emma Alesworth, fencing, New Zealand Corners, Paddock, Paul Rainger, repair, Smallholding, stock fencing, The Secret Acre, Tim Tyne, training, Viable Self-Sufficiency |
The New Year barely seems to have got underway, before the occasionally feel of a Spring like day arrives, and the veg growers cycle begins again.
For us at The Secret Acre that usually means the
chitting potatoes gets underway, the rotated veg bed plan is drawn up and the new seed order arrives. Continue reading
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Tagged chitting, Emma Alesworth, grow your own, horticultural tips, New Year, Nottingham Trent University, Paul Rainger, potatoes, seeds, Smallholding, Spring, The Secret Acre, veg beds, veg growing |
The New Year once again heralded the arrival of our new personalised Wedding Anniversary theme for the next 12 months. Continue reading
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Tagged art, aubergine, Barcelona, Big Big Train, Bristol, El Rincon, Emma Alesworth, padron peppers, Paul Rainger, Smallholding, tapas, The Secret Acre, train, Vienna, wedding anniversary |
We arrived back at The Secret Acre after Christmas away to find that Santa had delivered a ‘mystery tool’. It was actually a double mystery.
Santa’s Elves had failed to include a note, so we didn’t know who the gift was from. We quickly guessed it was from our friend Derek, he of the
Cider Motion Picture and the Boot Rack, as he has past form in the giving of mystery garden tools, which turn out to be fantastically useful, thanks to his own veg growing experience. Continue reading
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Tagged award, boot rack, Christmas, cider making, Emma Alesworth, gardening, hand tiller, Paul Rainger, Smallholding, soil, The Secret Acre, tool of the year, tools, veg growing, veg patch |