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Ex holiday cottage as new family home.
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BritDownUnder



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

adam2 wrote:
Update.
Generally going well.
Water supply adequate, treated before drinking but otherwise used "as is"

Employment has proved easier to find than was expected. Several farms nearby were actively seeking staff.
Interesting to note that fruit production under glass is a growing local industry.
A huge volume of over ripe strawberries was acquired and made into wine.

The garden has been improved by re-arranging the larger rocks so as to form crude terraces on the sloping ground. Filled with a mixture containing animal dung and compost and wood ash.
A goat was kept for a while but fell, broke a leg and had to be shot. Mainly used for cat and dog food.


Thanks for another excellent report on that house.

One can only wonder of the reaction if certain Sky News Australia commentators had got hold of the news that a goat had fallen down and broken its leg. Probably mention would have been made of snowflake goats or 'woke' goats and a bygone age when men were men and goats were presumably a bit more sure footed. I once witnessed, even videoed, a goat being slaughtered in the Philippines for a meal and had a small taste of the cooked meat. I remember the tail still wagging vigourously while the hair was being burnt off the carcass over an open fire.

Interesting to hear about the fruit being grown under glass. What types exactly? Strawberries?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know if it's a sign of climate change or just the bushes and trees "coming of age", but I've had amazing fruit of all types for the last 3 years.
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We've had amazing fruit on some trees and none on others. It depended on which trees were in flower when the late very heavy frost hit. Another sign of the vagaries of climate change as the late frosts seem to get harder.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, mainly strawberries grown under glass.
Strawberries CAN be grown in the open in this part of the UK, but those grown in glasshouses mature earlier and fetch a higher price.

One neighbour has built a new large glasshouse. Concrete walls about a meter high, remainder glass in an aluminium frame.
Crops are grown not directly in the ground but in large shallow containers supported on staging.
The glasshouse is heated by propane, but this is only used in exceptionally cold weather, not routinely on account of the cost of fuel.

Some crops can be fooled into growing out of season by use of electric lights to lengthen the "day"
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our raspberries are mental as usual. They like growing with deadnettles. Blackcurrants also good. Both benefitted this year from having a high hedge removed [10 feet from fruit] and replaced by a solid fence. Seems like less garden pests. Definitely quieter at dawn.
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I'm thinking of putting an acre to raspberries as they do so well here. Also notable are blackcurrants, redcurrants, gooseberries, plums, apples and this year magnificent cherries.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had a good crop of cherries this year but, as the saying goes, "Here today, gone tomorrow!" Literally and we didn't see one.
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Catweazle wrote:
I'm thinking of putting an acre to raspberries as they do so well here. Also notable are blackcurrants, redcurrants, gooseberries, plums, apples and this year magnificent cherries.
An acre of any fruit crop is quite a bit. Do you have a market for them if it goes well? That is certainly more then a family would need in a year.
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With blackcurrants, I wait until they are all black on a limb and then clean cut it off in dry weather. The bush loses a few leaves but doesn't seem to mind. You can then pick fruit at a table etc.
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vtsnowedin wrote:
Catweazle wrote:
I'm thinking of putting an acre to raspberries as they do so well here. Also notable are blackcurrants, redcurrants, gooseberries, plums, apples and this year magnificent cherries.
An acre of any fruit crop is quite a bit. Do you have a market for them if it goes well? That is certainly more then a family would need in a year.


We have a couple of local jam makers who sell at local-produce markets. The raspberries are very low effort, I planted two canes originally, and they spread, and spread, and spread. I've given cuttings to people who have also had good results.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a good raspberry patch, had around 10kg from them this year. A tiny fraction of an acre though!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We're going to try making fruit leathers this year.

https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/red-raspberry-fruit-leather

A solar kiln / dehydrator would be ideal.

https://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/solar-food-dehydrator-zmaz06aszraw#:~:text=A%20solar%20food%20dehydrator%20is%20a%20great%20way,money%20by%20harnessing%20the%20power%20of%20the%20sun.

Raspberries can be planted in hedgerows, clearings in established woodlands, derelict industrial sites etc. Cuttings are easy to take, effectively free.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hawthorn makes a good fruit leather as well. Ray Mears made it in one of his programs about ancient foods.
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