Composting

A short introduction to composting with some really useful tips that could get you well ahead.

Tree a Week: Poplar

Interesting facts There are around 25 to 35 species of poplar (not including hybrids), from the genus Populus which is in the willow family Salicaceae. Poplar are native to most of the Northern hemisphere, commonly named species include cottonwood, aspen and balsam. They are rapid growing, growing 7m in 5 years however their lifespan is rather…

Which Tools for Autonomy?

I’ve come to realise over time that having the right tool for the right job makes a hell of a difference. It saves time and effort, prevents injuries and saves money in the long run. As a relative beginner to countryside living, I’ve been curious to know which power tools are essential, which ones are…

Tree a Week: Ash

Characteristics and Interesting facts The Common Ash of the Fraxinus excelsior genus is in the olive and lilac family, Oleaceae. There are around 65 species of medium to large trees, the majority are deciduous however there are a few evergreens and subtropical species. Ash dominates most of the British woodland, it’s the third most common tree in…

Tree a Week: Cherry Tree

Characteristics and Fun Facts The cherry tree is part of the Prunus and has over 400 species of flowering shrubs and trees in the rose family (Rosaceae) and can be deciduous or evergreen. Prunus trees and shrubs are categorized as stone fruits, known scientifically as drupes. These also include almond, nectarine, peach, plum and apricot trees. The cherry can grow from 4 to…

Tree a Week: Alder

One of the most useful trees in a forest garden context, fertilising the surrounding plants with minimum intervention.

After Two Years of Living in a Van

The biggest change this year was my girlfriend Sally joining me recently on the journey. It required further minimisation, few tweaks to the layout and purchase of a double mattress but we’ve somehow managed to squeeze two people’s belongings in a space designed for one. We’re able to get changed, cook, slide past each other,…

Tree a Week: Chestnut

Characteristics and Fun Facts The chestnuts are a group of eight or nine species of deciduous trees and shrubs in the genusCastanea, and in the beech family Fagaceae. They are native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, the four most commonly known species groups are American, European, Chinese, and Japanese chestnuts. Fully grown chestnuts usually reach heights of 16m – 25m tall, however the size of…