News Summer and Autumn 2011
Abundance in the dome - and some produce from the veggie garden (once we had fenced it, late in the season, from the chickens.)
Despite our deep affection for the birds, we have had to make some tough choices that involved protecting our food production and fruiting hedges.
We have donated the majority of the birds to a wonderful 'woodland forage' project in Esgair Forest (the emergence of 24 feral chicks one morning was the last straw!), and are blessed in return with 'waste' timber and very sound advice from Peter Bottoms, who has a fantastic sawmill there and is producing pigs and table birds on the forest floor - brilliant!
Now, we will fence in the few birds - rather than the grounds!! My word... that took a while!
Left: Sharon, and a courgette with aspirations of marrow grandeur.
Right: Mibuna greens and curly wurly cress (delicious!) from the 'Real Seed Company', who offer fantastic varieties and great tips on seed collection and cooking!
Below: Even in November, the Dome provides us with fresh herbs, land cress and Japanese salads. Soft fruit cuttings, edible bamboos and tender potted plants over winter in this toasty micro-climate too.