winter clearance work has started early at The Secret Acre.
Despite being here
three years now, there’s still a long list of overgrown areas and hedges to be tackled eventually, a couple at a time each winter. Continue reading
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Has The Secret Acre gone to rack and ruin since our last blog 5 months ago?
In short, no.
What has gone to ruin, we’ve realised, was our resolve to only work part-time since moving to the smallholding. Both our hours have slowly crept up again over the last two years, almost without noticing.
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And then there were three. I’m still not quite sure how it’s happened. We had always envisaged space for three veg beds. But after the great effort made by an army of friends to get the first one going, I’d assumed numbers two and three would have to wait a while yet. Continue reading
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The signs of Spring are breaking out everywhere, and our over-wintering veg patch is no exception.
Just as we feared all hope for the late summer plantings of
Broccoli and Cauliflower might be fading, the lengthening days worked their magic. Continue reading
Definitely feels like we’ve achieved more winter clearance this year. The weather’s been less wet for a start. Even if the ‘to do’ list still seems as long as ever.
Top of the list for this winter was tackling the five foot high impenetrable thicket of nettles and brambles behind the pigsties.
Spring might officially still be a while off, but the first stirrings of new hope ahead are already in the gardener’s heart.
There’s the new, rotated
veg patch plan to draw up, and seeds to be sorted and ordered. Continue reading
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