14 July 2017

I Wonder if there is anyone still out there?

Hi. I'm still here. I know it's been a while but things have been pretty hectic down here in sunny Cornwall. I think the easiest way to tell you how busy things have been is to show you. This will be a photo-heavy post so grab a coffee and maybe a biscuit or two and make yourself comfy. 

Ok soooooo, the poly tunnel is now finished. Not only is it finished but it's full of stuff.




The grow-your-own-pizza bed challenge :-)

Those pictures were taken a couple of months ago, this is what the poly tunnel looks like now, it's gone totally MAD!
The really huge plants in the middle are sweetcorn plants!



The front garden has gone from being a bare patch of not-very-nice grass to a productive area with raised beds and a nice circular lawn.

Before



After


There is still a way to go, including digging a wildlife pond, but we are slowly getting there.


The new brassica cage my husband built.

Now filled with brassicas


We planted loads of flowers



and loads of veg ...... and of course loads of bunting 😀


We also have some new additions to the family. They're super cute and totally fabulous to watch, in fact I could watch them all day if only I had the time lol.


We have already started harvesting our veg.




And we have even started building a new house for the chickens, which hopefully, will be rat-proof! We are having huge rat issues yet again so we finally but the bullet and have started to construct a new home for them with foundations and everything. Fingers crossed that it works. 


If you want to see more pictures of the stuff we are up to, then pop on over to Instagram and have a peep.

The button is at the top of the page or you can click the link HERE 

21 March 2017

Starting Out - We're Finally on YouTube!

Well, the start of our new venture is almost here. A YouTube channel that will document what we are up to in all the gory details! From planting seeds and growing as much of our own food as we possibly can, to building the hay store, the chicken house, the poly tunnel and anything else my husband can get away with building (he's a man on a mission .... mostly a mission to buy power tools but a mission nevertheless!). The good and the not-so-good aspects of trying to live a simpler life on the way to becoming more self-sufficient. As soon as the first video goes up, I will post a link to it so you can have a look and you can let us know what you think. 

So, apart from that there has been loads happening. After such a long time dying to get some seeds into soil, it's finally March and everything I could possibly plant is being planted. I've been planting like a maniac and pretty much all my window ledges are full of pots and trays just waiting to burst into life. We actually have some seedlings already germinated which is awesome. I love this time of year, the planting and the getting ready for the growing season ahead. The nights are getting lighter and I no longer have to get up in the dark - which I hate.

The poly tunnel is now planted with seeds. They're doing really well and the radishes and lettuce I planted 8 days ago have already germinated.



So far this year I have planted

2 different types of sweetcorn, 8 different types of tomatoes, 3 different types of courgette, 2 types of patty pan, 2 types of spring onion, radishes, mixed salad leaves, 5 different types of basil, 3 varieties of potatoes, peppers, chillies, and some cat grass for my cats, which they totally loved and was gone in like 24 hours! Luckily, cat grass grows super fast so I can plant a pot for them and it's ready in like 10 days

Potatoes chitting before planting

Potatoes just peeping through the soil
Flowers on one of my fruit bushes. 
Trying to get sweet potatoes to grow slips
Broad Beans which were planted in the Autumn now full of flowers
Round courgette plants doing brilliantly

As you can see, I have plants growing like mad all over the place and the poly tunnel is gradually filling up with germinating seeds and plants getting bigger and stronger. Hopefully we will have a really good harvest this year and will be able to become a lot more self-sufficient as a result. I will keep my blog updated on the progress that we're making and you can also follow us on Instagram. There is a link in the right hand column at the top of the page if you want to have a look at some of the other pictures I've been taking and things that we've been doing and you can now also follow us on YouTube! We've only just started and we're total novices to all this so be kind. Here is a link in case you want to have a look. It's just the little introduction bit but please let us know what you think. If you like it, please subscribe and click on the little bell symbol to get notification of our new videos as we post them.

Wow, it all seems very real now!! Anyway here is the link of you want to have a look.

YouTube