Tag Archives: Smallholding

Wolds Woodland Farming Project Open Day

The Wolds Woodland Farming project is the ‘official’ or business name of The Sustainable Smallholding, and the name that is used for the Permaculture Association LAND Project. The association asked for as many Land Projects as possible to open for International Permaculture Day, which is Sunday 4th May. So the Wolds Woodland Farming Project will be having an open day, completely FREE of charge.

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Chromatography, Soil fertility, and Biodynamic Agriculture

I have spent a bit of time exploring paper chromatography as a means of testing the quality of soil and compost, thanks to the help of my friend Nigel. Now I’m not planning to explain what it is all about. Those of you who have stuck with my blog are quite able to find that out for yourselves, and the following links should help you do that. Chromatography 1. Chromatography 2. Instead I wanted to record some of the thoughts and ideas that this new technique has generated, and where I may take it in the future. Continue reading

Crop Rotations, Digging, and Soil Fertility

I’m using a wet day to take the time to commit to writing my thoughts on soil fertility and soil building.

I’ve not made a secret of my belief that the ‘digging is bad for the soil’ argument is too simplistic. I liken it to the way that you warn a child about fire by repeatedly saying ‘HOT’. Eventually your child will need to know how to make and use fire for themselves. In gardening terms the argument that digging is harmful is fine as a general warning, and for people who are happy not to delve deeper into soil and its’ workings, but once you have a decent knowledge of the subject it is possible to be more specific.

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Permaculture Design now Written up

It’s been over a month since my last post, and some of you may have thought that I had forgotten about my blog. Far from it. I am registered for the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design, and I have to submit a permaculture design for each of the ten designs that I will be submitting for assessment. I have been doing this here on the blog, but the pages are currently hidden, until all of the projects are written up. After that, I will change the layout of the blog and all of the designs will be visible.

Design of a Permaculture Smallholding

Wolds Woodland Farming Project April 2012

Just to show you that I have been busy, the link below will take you to the first draft of the overall permaculture design for this project. There’s a lot there.

Enjoy

Wolds Woodland Farming Project

The design took some time to write up, but I’m really happy with how it looks. It is going to be a great example of permaculture design on a larger scale than commonly seen in other permaculture diploma portfolios.

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Deano

A Day at The Sustainable Smallholding

This post has been a little while in the making, and is a result of a telephone conversation with a friend of mine. She had been worried that despite working long hours, she never seemed to get everything done, or even achieve very much. Initially I was going to list all of the things that I didn’t get done this year, but the list was so long that I would never have finished the post. Instead, I’m going to go through some of the stuff that I did around the smallholding today, and then the stuff that didn’t get done.

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