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  Topic: Beans - Growing time
Shan

Replies: 2
Views: 117
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Tue Apr 16, 19 8:51 pm   Subject: Beans - Growing time
I generally panic sow toward the end of April and then plant out after my estimate of the last frost - more or less middle to end of May.
  Topic: Wot's one got growing?
Shan

Replies: 5
Views: 276
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Fri Apr 05, 19 7:32 am   Subject: Wot's one got growing?
I managed to find a couple of really small plants of torreya nucifera, a nut bearing conifer I've been after for years. Too samll to plant out so I've potted them up, still missing my veg plot

We a ...
  Topic: Little cluckers
Shan

Replies: 11
Views: 764
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Thu Apr 04, 19 2:17 pm   Subject: Little cluckers
You should see what mine used to do with shrews and mice! Definitely mini dinosaurs!
  Topic: Little cluckers
Shan

Replies: 11
Views: 764
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Thu Apr 04, 19 1:45 pm   Subject: Little cluckers
The short answer is if you pick an apple off your tree, you may feed it directly to your chickens. if you take said apple and walk into the house passing through the kitchen, you may not feed it to yo ...
  Topic: Little cluckers
Shan

Replies: 11
Views: 764
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Thu Apr 04, 19 12:58 pm   Subject: Little cluckers
When we had chickens, I read them the DEFRA riot act but they still spent hours on the compost heap.
  Topic: Wot's one got growing?
Shan

Replies: 5
Views: 276
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Thu Apr 04, 19 12:57 pm   Subject: Wot's one got growing?
We have the usual herbs and I have some Lemon Grass in a mug currently sprouting roots.

The greenhouse has tomato, pepper, pak choi and chilli plants coming along nicely and the window sill has som ...
  Topic: New Book - The Sustainable Smallholders' Handbook
Shan

Replies: 21
Views: 1959
PostForum: Reviews and What's On   Posted: Thu Mar 28, 19 3:36 pm   Subject: New Book - The Sustainable Smallholders' Handbook
Could go back as far as Louis XVI....
  Topic: Bacon chop anyone?
Shan

Replies: 9
Views: 554
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Wed Mar 20, 19 8:14 am   Subject: Bacon chop anyone?
People also seem to forget that if we don't eat species like the Large Black Pig, it will definitely die out as no one will be breeding it.
  Topic: It's all a bit fishy
Shan

Replies: 10
Views: 1357
PostForum: Downsizing abroad   Posted: Fri Mar 15, 19 8:48 pm   Subject: It's all a bit fishy
adding value by mending it/adapting it: plenty of ruins for sale (we didn't have the time or inclination to manage that level of repair)

i have a bad back but i could have time and i do have the s ...
  Topic: It's all a bit fishy
Shan

Replies: 10
Views: 1357
PostForum: Downsizing abroad   Posted: Fri Mar 15, 19 8:47 pm   Subject: It's all a bit fishy
There’s also wind power.
Plenty....
  Topic: It's all a bit fishy
Shan

Replies: 10
Views: 1357
PostForum: Downsizing abroad   Posted: Fri Mar 15, 19 3:03 pm   Subject: It's all a bit fishy
adding value by mending it/adapting it: plenty of ruins for sale (we didn't have the time or inclination to manage that level of repair)

sufficient resources for mostly off grid living: you could c ...
  Topic: It's all a bit fishy
Shan

Replies: 10
Views: 1357
PostForum: Downsizing abroad   Posted: Fri Mar 15, 19 1:36 pm   Subject: It's all a bit fishy
The North is absolutely beautiful.
  Topic: It's all a bit fishy
Shan

Replies: 10
Views: 1357
PostForum: Downsizing abroad   Posted: Fri Mar 15, 19 11:37 am   Subject: It's all a bit fishy
I don't know where the thread is but Mr Shan and I drift between Portugal and Wales. Our intention being to retire there. As things currently stand, you have the NHR route open to you. If the UK becom ...
  Topic: New Book - The Sustainable Smallholders' Handbook
Shan

Replies: 21
Views: 1959
PostForum: Reviews and What's On   Posted: Thu Mar 14, 19 4:51 pm   Subject: New Book - The Sustainable Smallholders' Handbook
Thanks both. Its been a slog. 70,000 words.....
Of course its never gonna make me rich, so the next book will be a bonkbuster set in the Dordogne. Im changing my name as ill be terribly embarrassed ...
  Topic: Fox Killing Chickens
Shan

Replies: 3
Views: 1069
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Thu Mar 14, 19 9:31 am   Subject: Fox Killing Chickens
Nice to see the tables turned!

There is a pair of magpies that regularly visit our garden. I have seen them terrorising the squirrel several times.
 
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