Author: Steve

I live on the East coast of England in rural Lincolnshire with my wife and two children, a few chickens, two goats, two geese, six cats and two pet rats. I like to share my experiences of growing vegetables and fruit, keeping our assorted animals, recipes, book reviews and pretty much anything else related to self-sufficiency and rural living.

Reusing Water in the Balcony Garden

Wasting is one of my pet peeves and it’s especially true when it comes to water. After all, despite the fact our planet has large oceans they are full of salt and people can’t drink from the sea unless the liquid passes through a desalination process.  Since arid regions are ….

Digging Your Plot: Single Dig, Double Dig or No Dig?

When you are preparing your garden for the growing season, it is a good idea to dig over your plot. The reason for this is remove weeds (particularly those irritating perennials), to improve soil structure and to work in organic material (such as manure and/or home made compost). The best ….

Four Ways to Green Your Wallet (and the Environment)

As ordinary citizens await to see what will transpire in the coming days and the fallout from the credit/subprime/overall economic decline, one might wonder what effect this might have on the environment. While most are likely much more worried at this point whether or not their savings and investments will ….

Benefits of Planting Seeds Instead of Seedlings

Oh, the ease with which we can stop off at a home improvement store or nursery for plants that have been growing for weeks or months and transplant them very quickly to our backyard gardens. While you won’t hear from us that this is bad for the environment, there is ….