January tends to get a
bad rap as a month.
We blame Pilot for letting the rot set in when they sang in their
1975 No1 hit single “January, sick and tired, you’ve been hanging on me”.
Josephine Nuese, author of The Country Garden pointed out, gardening really begins in January, with the dream. So come last year’s cold snap, or this year’s unseasonably mild weather, we kind of quite like January here at The Secret Acre. Continue reading
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It hasn’t just been biodynamic tear peas that we experimented with this year, our plans for a mushroom bed progressed too.
The idea germinated some years earlier when we visited
GroCycle in Devon to see their project growing mushrooms on recycled coffee grounds, as a possible business idea for The Secret Acre. Continue reading
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While the other side of the World burns, here in the UK we have had constant rain and flooding for well over three months now.
fires are an immediate threat to life, while the crops lost to flooding speak of the future food shortages we can expect as the extreme weather events of climate change accelerate.
Away from human hubris, at least the
mushrooms have been enjoying it, with boom in rare mushrooms are appearing across the country. Continue reading
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