Plans for homebrew

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A few years ago, inspired by my parents, I used to brew my own beer. It started off as a nostalgic interest for me, with a very basic set up which progressed to a far more regular hobby with more equipment. I say nostalgic as my parents used to brew a lot of their own beer and ferment a lot of their own wine, and hearing from them about it sparked my initial interest.

My Christmas present from Sarah, unpacked and ready to go

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July update

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A few days late for a July update but there we go! What a summer it’s been so far. We have had the first rain here in about 10 weeks and given how much we have neglected watering our allotment, things have done surprisingly well. We have been using some of the herbs from our little herb garden and have noticed the difference from dried supermarket herbs. We have also been making the most of the heat to dry next winter’s firewood.

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January update

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A few days late we know but we wanted to say a few words about the last month on the allotment. It’s been a very productive month in terms of figuring things out, beginning to get beds cleared and plan where we are going. We’ve made sense of the plot and have a better idea of what work needs to be done. We now have a nice new shiny set of hand tools which should last us a good while, and I’ve gotten into an enjoyable little routine on a Saturday of going over there for an hour or so armed with a flask of coffee to get to work.

Some allotment essentials…

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Making our own compost

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Another aspect which we are exploring is how we handle rubbish. On the allotment (and indeed in the kitchen) we will be producing a fair amount of green waste, which can be put to good use in our composting bins. Along with the shed, we inherited two plastic composting bins on the allotment, which has some compost already in. Whats there is mixed; theres some usable stuff, with some unrotted material in there as well. We will make a sieve from scavenged materials to sort this out sometime soon. Once emptied we will start afresh with empty bins for the coming year.

One of our inherited compost bins along with the old compost yet to be sieved

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First day on the allotment

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Today was what could be a reasonably regular event for a Saturday: a good stint at the allotment for Tom. I was down there for an hour or so, getting my head around the plot, and working out where to start on the 9 beds. Once this busy thinking process was done I got to work with a fork and started clearing.

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Fruits of today’s labour – one down, eight to go!

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Free heating

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Happy 2018! Just got a few thoughts and ideas to share on our first real sustainable task: heating our home. We are really fortunate that our landlord had installed a multi-fuel burner in the living room and has given us permission to use it. With this we have found that with a small fire we can heat the whole house. Even with the recent cold snaps we haven’t used any of the electric heaters in the house thanks to this.

Results of our last lumberjack session which will keep us going for a good couple of weeks

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Hello and welcome!

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Thanks for checking out this new blog that I’ve started with my fiancée Sarah. We are both greatly interested in growing our own food and making things go further. Since living together and more so since moving into our new home we have been looking into more ways in which we can make the most of what we have. I recently posted on another blog I write on about our first steps into self sufficiency and realised that there is a lot to share here. I spoke a little about our plans to start growing some veg in our compact garden. There’s other ideas we have had here that we will work on and explore.

Sarah has had experience growing a range of vegetables, both at home and on a college course. Before we moved in together she was growing produce in pots at her mums, making the most of limited space available there. She’s excited about our current place as we have more space to play with. I’m a gardener by profession, and have some runnings with vegetable gardening for clients which we have also reaped some benefits of. In terms of gardening for myself: when I was growing up we had a vegetable patch in our garden which I worked on for a couple of years with my dad.

We are both really excited about what lies ahead with our garden, not just in the produce we will grow but in terms of other areas of self sufficiency we will explore. These are the first steps of a longer journey, and we look forward to sharing this journey with you.

Thanks for reading

TTFN!