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I ATE’NT DEAD

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Apologies for the break – new baby, new job, lack of decent gardening time.

Overall last years harvest was the best we’d had for a long time. I discovered a love of butternut squash – not the manky variety in the stores but the heritage variety we got from the real seed company. The green tomato chutney I made was really good – coming from me (a feverent hater of chutney) that’s not bad going. We’ve got a string of dried chillis still hanging and the plants have surved the winter in the greenhouse and are ready to go.

A suprise has been the mortons mix (another real seed variety) which has survived the winter under a plastic cloche including the frequent snow showers etc.

My son is making good progress – this week he’s mastered ‘dadadadada’ and is already running before he can walk.

In the workshop we’ve been working on making wood fired stoves. These have been made from scrap picked up from various places and I’ve started to teach myself welding.

We managed to fix the flag pole in the garden, hoisted a pirate flag, realised it made a lot of noise and have lowered it for a final time and cut it up for scrap. The plan is to build a wood fired hot tub in its place with coving shelter and a nice raised deck area.

Disappointments in the garden were the sweetcorn – I think the long dry summer really did it in. We got a few cobs, but they weren’t the super sweet variety I found a few years ago (an F1 hybrid) and I live in constant denial I’ll find another type of similar sweetness in a heritage variety. At least we didn’t feed the badgers again.

We got a lot of beans, mangetout (many are still in the freezer) and the herbs also seem to have survived.

Well, fingers crossed for the upcoming year – I’ve decided to leave my current employment and have taken another job in the city which I start soon. Hopefully it’ll leave me enough time to garden as well!

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The plot so far

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It’s all looking pretty good sitting on my new patio. Now I only need to get the fence panel behind me to stop rattling!

We’ve got the water butt pump working and the IBCs are really coming into their own. Only last week it was torrential rain, but now the clay is cracking and I’ve got beans that need a healthy supply!

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All Restored…

Everything is restored, except the contact me function which I’ll try and sort over the next few days…

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Good news & a house move!

The New House

Thanks to the families generosity, wedding funds and savings we’ve managed to buy a bungalow not far from our previous flat & allotment.  We’ve now got a 65ft garden to play with and have gone from a one bed to a four bed!  The house is a bit dated, the electrics are suspect, the windows are old and fairly unstable, the garden is like a pond (as well as having one), the car port is imminent risk of collapse and the boiler predates the dinosaurs.

But it’s ours 😀

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Passing through

I’ve not gone, though I figure we’re likely to get a letter from the committee saying start sorting out your plot or get out!

My wife is currently weeding and sowing whilst I work on exams, jobs and house buying.

If all goes well, I may get a house and chickens!

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Waark!com launch

Waark.com was a recent idea inspired by hollywood chickens by Terry Pratchett.  You can buy a book containing said short story from Amazon.

The purpose of this site is for me to blog away on the various green activities I participate in, the stuff I scrounge and the projects I do.

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