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In autumn 2010, my husband Ian and I both quit our jobs, sold our house and left the flatlands of the east for the mountains of Wales. Our goal is to create a more self-sufficient lifestyle in a place we actually like living. Whilst Ian will continue to earn some money as a freelancer, my part of the project is to reduce how much we spend by growing and making as much of what we need as possible. The purpose of this blog is to keep friends updated with how the grand project is progressing, but all are welcome here. If you're not a friend already, well perhaps you might become one.

Friday, 11 February 2011


All my seeds have arrived now:

Lots of seeds, including a stupidly large quantity of sunflower seeds

This is very exciting, but I still don't know where I'm going to put them all. In my previous veg gardens, I didn't really worry about this. I just started with the first thing - the potatoes can go there - then the next thig - I'll put the beans next to them, there - and so on. Now, though, it all feels a lot more serious. I really want to do this right.

I've read about the importance of crop rotation and of companion planting, which seem to contradict each other. The other day when I was trying to find out how much space sunflowers need, I learnt that they poison the plants next to them. This is not good news as one of the few decisions I'd made was to have the a row of sunflowers next to a row of asparagus, and I really don't want my asparagus poisoned! I feel that the more I study this, the more difficult it gets.

Maybe I'll just go back to the 'stick it anywhere' approach, though I fear I may run out of space if I'm not careful...

In the meantime, I have potatoes chitting:

King Edwards on the left, Desiree on the right, and Foremost new potatoes in the middle at the front. Written down here so that when the labels underneath have mysteriously disappeared and I've forgotten which are which, I'll be able to check.

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