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2010/2011 Tree Planting. Update One

Well Over the last nine days I’ve done six days of tree planting, two days of scything to prepare for tree planting, and a day of work in the primary vegetable patch.

I’m going to do a post about what I do to get my beds ready for Winter, but that will have to wait for another day. Today is just a quick update of how things are progressing so far with my trees.

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Catching Up with Work

Forgive me for it has been nearly two weeks since my last post, and I find myself with very little exciting Smallholding stuff to update you on, but quite a bit of the more mundane work. For much of the past week I have been distracted from the real work that needs to be done, by family matters, and Transition Town Horncastle work.

We had visitors for the whole weekend, from Friday through to Monday, and I was not able to do as much work as I needed to. On Sunday, I spent all of the morning feeding the flames for my Pizza oven, followed by eating and drinking for the rest of the day. Great fun, with my two daughters, along with husbands, eight Grandchildren, a sister in law, and a mother in law. We made pizza, bread, and rhubarb crumble. The oven needs more insulation, but this will have to wait a few weeks.

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Book Review – Gaia’s Garden, by Toby Hemenway

This is the first book that I have bought primarily to review, which was quite a strange experience in some ways, as I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to benefit from the contents.

We have recently formed a Permaculture group here in Horncastle, and so far, I am the only one with a full design certificate. As I was already a gardener, and Smallholder, before becoming interested (some might say obsessed) in Permaculture, all of my focus, and my library, has been targeted towards land based Permaculture, as opposed to smaller scale, or urban design. With the formation of the group, I wanted to find a book which would be a good introduction to Permaculture for those with less space. I also wanted to expand my own understanding of some of the problems, and solutions, faced by people in towns and cities. I came a cross the book by accident (Serendipity?), whilst doing some research into Guild design, and decided to purchase the book.

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