Plant stories

A place to share my stories of plants with you

Mar 9

Fruit tree pruning workshop at Coed hills a success.

Top 2 - showing inward growing shoots, and pruning,

3rd, showing Festooning

4th showing reducing apical growing of 1st year wood, and in process collecting scions. 


Mar 1

Feb 28

Feb 26

rhamphotheca:

Earth Sheltered Homes

The earth sheltered house uses the ground as insulating blanket which effectively protects it from temperature extremes, wind, rain and extreme weather events. An earth sheltered home is energy-efficient, quiet, freeze-proof and low maintenance. Aesthetically an earth sheltered home blends in with the natural environment, leaving more yard space and more space for wildlife.

Fifteen feet below ground the soil maintains a fairly constant temperature equal to the annual average temperature of the area’s surface air. If the average temperature in your area is 55, that means the soil temperature at 15 feet is 55 degrees and in the winter you will only have to bring the temperature inside your earth sheltered home up thirteen degrees, to bring it up to a comfortable 68 degrees. Versus bringing up the inside temperature 68 degrees, if your home is above ground and the outside windchill is 0. In the summer, that 55 degree soil will also keep your home much cooler than an above ground home. Many earth homes incorporate passive solar designs lessening even further the need for fuel for heating or cooling…

(read and see more: Inspiration Green)

(via smugtownmushrooms)


Feb 24
Any idea what this are?! Yep,  you guessed it. they are olives. PICKED IN SHEFFIELD! (feb 24th) at The Huerta -  Facebook the Huerta - -

Any idea what this are?! Yep,  you guessed it. they are olives. PICKED IN SHEFFIELD! (feb 24th) at The Huerta -  Facebook the Huerta - -


Feb 17

Food forests in Vietnam.


Feb 15

Raised bed building workshop a success!

From start to finish -

breaking pallets with pallet breaker (1)

Making corner posts (2 +3)

Screwing down planks (4 + 5)

creating full box (6)

Stapling damp proof course to the inside of box (7,8 +9)

filling with compost  (10)


Feb 3

Daniele teaching fruit tree planting.

Great fruit tree planting day, 1st of Feb on Meresbrook allotments

Got about 20 trees, all apples, planted and mulched in the lovely sunshine… (no really, it was quite a sunny day on the whole, though its a grey old photo!)


Brigid

She who remains ever Maiden; come.

Milkmaid, friend of the animals; come.

Healer and miracle worker, she of the inner sight and weaver of fate, come.

Protector of the land and of the fay, Come.

I welcome you with the returning light. I welcome you with snow drops.
You bring joy and warmth to my heart. You fill me with gladness and
hope. You remind me of the coming of the spring.

Help me to find the healing and guidance that I need over the next
days and weeks ahead.

Help me to listen to my heart. Help me to hear the hidden voices.

Help me to shine like the sun and reflect like the moon.

Help me to embrace the coming of the spring.

Help me to nurture the seeds of dreams.

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Jan 28
Got a delivery of compost to my driveway in my new rented house this morning… a fairly easy maneuver: the last time I did something like this, it was manure all over the road, and shoveling and sweeping for half a day.
zone 1 - creating a herb and salad garden…

Got a delivery of compost to my driveway in my new rented house this morning… a fairly easy maneuver: the last time I did something like this, it was manure all over the road, and shoveling and sweeping for half a day.

zone 1 - creating a herb and salad garden…


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