Plum Tree Problems

There’s been plenty going on at Mill House in the last few months, the garden is truly in bloom, and the house renovations are still in full swing. It’s a lot to manage and it’s why we’ve been posting less frequently. Hopefully once Autumn hits and the renovations are finished we’ll be back to a regular schedule.

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A quick Update

Summer is finally here, and things have been pretty crazy of late. The house is undergoing major renovations, and everything in the garden and veg patch is growing at an alarming rate — especially the weeds and the grass.

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Foraging for wild garlic

This is the first of what we hope will become a series of ongoing posts. We are really interested in learning more about foraging and using all the local resources that nature offers us. There’s nothing better than free food that you have picked yourself and its an area we can learn more about as a family.

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Cutting the grass and hedges

We knew that moving into a property with 2 acres of land was going to require some up-keep, but it was hard to know exactly how much until we’d lived there for a while. One thing we were sure of is that the grass was going to need a lot of looking after…

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Problems with germinating

As mentioned in the previous post I haven’t had much experience with bringing things on from seed. In the past I have always sown directly into the ground or bought seedlings to plant out. With all the excitement of the new greenhouse, me and the kids set about planting a lot of tomato, pepper and chilli seeds to get us started.

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What we plan to grow this year...

Back when we lived in Hove and grew veg in our garden then later in our allotment we always had a somewhat haphazard approach to which things to grow. The kids were younger and things bit more hectic so we mostly skipped the planning stages and picked up random seeds and seedlings at the garden centre as and when we needed them.

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New Greenhouse

This week has been all about the excitement of the new greenhouse. It was designed, built, and installed by the lovely team over at Woodpecker Joinery. They’ve done an absolutely wonderful job and their customer service was second to none.

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Machine maintenance

And as if we didn’t have enough to do… the tractor/trailer got a puncture. Luckily, we noticed a sticker on the front, with the name and number of a local servicing company from where the machine was purchased. Turns out they knew the previous owners very well and had been dealing with them for years.

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