Earlier this year, a small gathering of some of men and women interetsed in scything, decided to set up an Association. The new Scythe Association (Britain and Ireland), or SABI for short, had a further meeting at the West Country Scything festival, in June, and have now set up a website/blog.
This year, instead of dedicating set days for running scything courses, I am going to teach people on an individual basis. The cost will stay at £50, but for this you get one to one tuition, rather than share my time with five other people. Not as lucrative for me, but a much nicer teaching and learning environment.
So if you want some individual training, including freehand peening, and blade repair, get in touch. Either through this blog, or call me on 01507 588543.
For the second post in this sequence, I wanted to write about how I’m planning to prepare the site of my new Forest Garden, and then establish the trees after planting. There is some really good advice available, particularly Martin Crawford’s book, Creating a Forest Garden, and Edible Forest Gardens (vol. 2), by Jacke and Toensmeier. However, as I’m planning to do something completely different, I thought that it might be interesting to write about it.
It’s been a busy fortnight here at the Sustainable Smallholding, but really enjoyable. In addition to my routine chores, I’ve been getting ready to start the planting of my Forest garden/Food Forest. I’ve got lots to write, and lots of pictures of what I’ve done so far, but a quick warning first. This isn’t a “how to” article, more of a “how I’m doing it” article. As I’m planning to do it in my own way, and not exactly the way that some of the books suggest, it may not be in your best interests to copy my ideas, until we see whether they work as well as I hope that they do.
(I started this yesterday, and my copy of Edible Forest Gardens Vol. 2 arrived this morning, so I’m being very disciplined continuing the post, as opposed to being sucked straight into reading it)