This summer has been extremely dry and hot. So considering we had to leave OrchardGrove to do its thing pretty much by itself, because of logistics issues, we had some successes and some disasters. The apples seems to be ok with the lack of water. So the are berries, and very early this year too… […]Read More Hot summer
On Tuesday evening we had a meeting of the London Metropolitan Green Belt Council. LMGBC is an umbrella organisation fighting to save our green spaces around London. Their website here: LMGBC https://londongreenbeltcouncil.org.uk/about-us/ During the evening there were several presentations about: London Green Belt Strategy, Finance and I presented about: “The Important Health Aspects of the […]Read More London Metropolitan Green Belt Council
In the polytunnel at Kingsbury we are experimenting with some of the more unusual tubers from South America including – Yacon, Oca, and Mashua. They cannot be frozen. Looking at the photo of the snow the thermometer shows the temperature plummeted to -7.oC. Inside the polytunnel the temp can be seen on the probe thermometer […]Read More Wood chips and hessian sacking to stop frost
If you seriously don’t like the idea of eating any food from this field or fields where similar policies apply than please support Avaaz in their fight against Monsato. This multi billion dollar chemical company has just issued a 168 page subpoena against Avaaz to hand over all documents relating to Monsanto. Therefore Avaaz does […]Read More The world future of food??
Here is a link to a very interesting theory about the use of woodchips in USA. It is called “The Back to Eden Concept”. https://youtu.be/6rPPUmStKQ4 It is claimed here that Woodchips can adapt the PH of the soil to the plants needs and increase their sugar content on a year by year bases. Perhaps there […]Read More The mystery of woodchips
Last week in Ross on Wye I sat down in a small garden created on the banks of the River Wye. I was absolutely astounded by the number of bees both honey bees and bumble bees attending the early blossoming shrubs there. I was also amazed at the sheer volume of the sound of the […]Read More A Tiny Wild life Sanctuary in Ross on Wye
After driving this week nearly 200 miles throughout Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey, West Sussex and East Sussex, I saw for mile after mile the same depressing site came again and again- no home for wildlife and animals. Every field was pushed to the roadside to make way for giant machines for profit. This is […]Read More Destruction of biodiversity and natural habitat by Modern farming systems
While going through some old hard discs today, I came across this long forgotten photo of when we just took the site on in Kingsbury about 7 years ago. It is almost the same shot as the main photo of this website. It gets a bit depressing at times when you think your progress is […]Read More Before and After
This weekend I attended a Brighton Permaculture Trust course at their spectacular Earth-ship location in Stanmer Park Brighton. Luckily the weather was fantastic and the sun was shining all the way through and a very interesting time was had by all. For myself the most important thing learnt was from the research done by Stephan, […]Read More Permaculture course at Brighton Earth-ship
Last week I was lucky enough to attend Brogdale’s excellent fruit trees grafting course. It was fantastic how much can be learnt in a short time with a good teacher. Brogdale is the national apple collection based in Kent. I learnt how to graft on apple trees, pear trees and cherry trees. It was a […]Read More Grafting course at Brogdale.