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Since 2009 we have been practising natural living. Our actions and activities focus on establishing and refining a sustainable, enjoyable and meaningful existence that works in harmony with natural systems.

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Terracing and trees

Details  8 years on - Adding terraces to steep slopes reduces runoff keeping valuable water of site longer while also improving access for planting, maintenance and harvest. Trees can be more densely planted, stacked and over hanging one another for maximum productivity. This natural sun trap is the ideal location for a solar powered clothes dryer and a wonderful micro climate with excellent cold air drainage.Tags    2017  Progress  September 

Direct grafting pear onto quince

September 02, 2017Pre grafted pears sourced from blockhill on beurre hardy direct grafted onto quince root stocks (suckers) sourced from Rosa Reed (Riversdale, next door).

High success for those in growing bed in front of sgipping container.
Low success in amphitheatre.
  pear  quince  beurre hardy  graft  september 
Natural woven flax weed mat

Natural woven flax weed mat

Details  Here's a simple technique for reducing weeds in a small garden. Biodegradable woven flax mats with seeds or small plants added in the gaps.Date  September 11, 2018Tags    2018  September 
Making a wetland in a stony hole

Making a wetland in a stony hole

Details  Attempting to modify water holding capabilities of this stony soil by introducing water loving, wetland plants while actively removing the rocks and gravel. Pulsing diverted run off water and pigs through this muddy hole is slowly shifting the conditions and creating a new assortment of niches. Amplify the diversity!Date  September 11, 2018Tags    2018  September  Water  Pond 

SCES heritage apple scion grafting 2017

September 28, 2017All grafted to mature fuji behind the house
1 x Biesterfielder Renette
1 x Black Prince
1 x Blenheim Orange
1 x Claygate Pearmain
1 x Cowies triangle
1 x Devonshire Quarrandon
1 x Early Julian
2 x Golden Hornet
1 x Grenedier
1 x Lady Sudeley
1 x Laxtons Fortune
1 x Ralls Janet (failed)
1 x Red Gravenstein
1 x Ribston Pippin
1 x Rokewood
1 x Sturmer Pippin
  graft  apple  september  2017