Thursday 27 September 2012

The number of chicken you can keep and their relative chicken happiness is really determined by the space they have to run around in. While the Eglu provides ample sleeping quarters for up to about 8 hens, the standard 1m run really isn’t sufficient for any more than 2, and even then you’ll need to [...]

Monday 13 August 2012

The weather has been horrendous in the UK this year. Normal growing seasons were pushed back, so everything has been a late starter – possibly too late for a lot of it. After a brief week of sunshine in June, another week of flood-level downpours meant anyone who was daring enough to actually plant stuff [...]

Wednesday 11 July 2012

I haven’t posted in a while as things in the garden have been really busy. If you check out the sidebar, you’ll see we’ve been harvesting some terrible garlic, onions, and lots of lovely blackcurrants; but for the most part the constant rain has really messed with everything – stunting growth, triggering different phases, and [...]

Wednesday 06 June 2012

For those of you who just time-travelled into 2012 from either the very far future or the fairly distant past, you may not have heard of FreeCycle. To put it bluntly, it’s a mailing list, with one for each major town. Try to keep your excitement contained there. People post stuff they don’t want to [...]

Thursday 03 May 2012

After a short respite, the ridiculous rainy weather is back again. A quick trip to the allotment when the rain stopped for a day, and I found out exactly why you should never leave the allotment for a whole month while it’s raining in Spring. Put simply: everything has grown back again. It’s sad to [...]

Thursday 01 March 2012

As research for an article on creative video projects you can do, I came across a site called Stupeflix. It’s really easy to upload your source videos or pictures, edit them online and add title screens etc – and there’s lots of themes to choose from. I made this in about 10 minutes from some [...]

Thursday 23 February 2012

Well, the winter slowed us down a bit, but we’ve back up the allotment a few weekends now so I thought I’d post a quick update on progress so far. We managed to turn over a good part of it that wasn’t too grown over first. We also burnt all the brambles we’d pulled out so [...]

Tuesday 31 January 2012

This is by far my favourite bread recipe, ever, and can pretty much become an entire meal in itself. Fantastic accompanied by sour cream and chives dip, or just spreadable cheese! I don’t even want to think how many salaries might be in this. [Note: If you're viewing this is a feed somewhere, click through [...]

Monday 30 January 2012

I had always gone on the assumption that allotments had a huge waiting list, and looking at the landshare site where you find like-minded individuals in your local area to petition the local council revealed one particular group of locals with the slogan “let’s beat the 30 year waiting lists in Sutton!” – so naturally, [...]

Thursday 26 January 2012

Over the last few months or so, I’ve been playing around with winemaking and just started a batch of ‘hard’ cider. We have a prolific vine running along the fence, so that’s mainly what prompted me to try it. That, and the idea that I could make my own alcohol, mostly for free, is something [...]

Friday 30 December 2011

A few months ago, I let the chickens out to free range and was shocked to find their underbellies were pecked bare of all feathers, one to the extent that blood had been drawn. It can also occur on the legs. At first, I thought they might just be molting, but it quickly became apparent [...]

Monday 28 November 2011

Having recently had the urge to make my own wine from the grapes hanging over our fence, I decided to buy one of those typical winemaking starter sets off Amazon – from a company called Ballihoo I believe. It’s a great set, but there is absolutely zero explanation as to what the various bits actually [...]

Friday 21 October 2011

We’ve had the Eglu for a few months now, and our four hens are performing rather well averaging 3-4 eggs per day, so I thought it’s about time I go ahead and do a full review of the Omlet Eglu Cube. Scroll down if you just want to view all the pictures! Design And Build [...]

Thursday 13 October 2011

We recently began to let the chickens out. I was a little hesitant after finding a fox out there a few months back, but I think it’ll be fine as long as I’m out there with them. The bigger issue is how to stop them eating everything in sight. As it’s the end of the growing season, [...]

Thursday 15 September 2011

Our Eglu and chickens finally arrived today after a 3 week wait – which is no bad thing, as we it gave us lots of time to level the ground and prepare the gravel bed. The guy who came was incredibly helpful, and builds the whole thing while you wait, so it’s great time to [...]

Tuesday 13 September 2011

The question of what to put the Eglu (or any kind of chicken run) on top of seems to be a recurring theme in the forums and all over the internet. Many will move it around, giving them a fresh bit of grass to destroy every few weeks. However, since we wanted to keep it [...]

Saturday 10 September 2011

As first time home-owners, we moved in February this year. On an ex-council estate, the terraced houses are affordable but generally have tiny gardens. One of the things that attracted us to this place was the additional plot of land on the side. Though the small garden at the back of the house was nicely [...]

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