Smallholder - plant a tree

Tales of a Smallholder – part 5

The smallholder community : The smallholder community is a small one but an active one on social media. Similarly the farming one is as well. Both farming and smallholding can be quite solitary occupations and often you could spend a day without saying a word to another person. Chatting to pigs, although soul enhancing; doesn’t…

Smallholder tales - pigs and goats

Tales of a Smallholder – part 3

Pocáns & Piglets : It’s around this time of year when the days start to lengthen and the weather starts to get a bit milder that the blood of the smallholder starts stirrin’. A small niggling itch begins with you looking wistfully at the remains of where your tunnel was last year. The itch builds…

Ramsons-wild-garlic-in-flower

Wild garlic in season

Foraging – get to know your wild alliums : I have the feeling spring is sprung. The birds are certainly in agreement. This morning, the air was electric with frenetic chirping and twittering as a gaggle of rooks waddled over our grass collecting nest-shaped twigs. So I wasn’t at all surprised to find tender shoots of…

Wild Bird feed

Food for the Birds

Food for the Birds : It can be a tough time of year for birds when the flush of autumn berries has long gone and the cold can be biting. A well stocked bird feeder in the garden will be gratefully received. It’s important to look after our feathered friends. Not only do their singing and…