|Bottom paddock with hedge divisions outlined|
There will be six large beds for easy rotation of the big crops (potatoes, onions, brassicas and grain), for which it can be difficult to find a space in the veg garden that hasn't been used for the same group in the past few years. The remaining beds can have green manure in it or maybe sun flowers (which would save on wild bird food!). We plan to put plastic on them shortly and leave it for at least a year so they should come on stream in spring 2017.
Although several people suggested keeping animals down here - a pig was mooted a few times, ducks, geese and turkeys were mentioned - I think chickens and cats are enough animals for me. I'm reluctant to just keep an animal for meat, especially an intelligent animal like a pig. It's somehow different to 'souping' a chicken that has had three or four good years foraging about. And ducks are just too mucky and such easy prey for Mr Fox.
|Soruss and Brown perching|
|Chickens - fun animals: Ash and Charcoal|
|More Pink Fairies|
|Pink Fairy inside|
|Jerusalem artichoke flowers|
|Asparagus looking a bit more substantial|
|Sliced, washed and dried|
|Deep-fried in small batches|
|Drained, salted, peppered and herbed|