The path to sustainable living

Find out what inspired us to make the change from city to rural and what projects we're working on
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Were doing the research on fertile compost and what plants really need to thrive and survive. But we are taking it to the next level by creating our own elements!

Who would have thought we could grow our own tropical fruits in England! The ability to grab a fresh watermelon on a hot summers day is incredible!

Our new environment which allows use to grow a whole new load of crops! We’re documenting the transformations through the seasons and sharing our achievements and failures on the blog!

Food that we actually can’t keep up with harvesting ! It has lost a lot of glass over the years but still has its own climate that heats well in summer and keeps the majority of harsh weather out.

Beautiful Red Petunias

Every spring we rent a stall at the May bank holiday fete where we sell a variety of homegrown plants that are grown from seed and hardened off in the great British weather. Sharon’s been running this show for a decade now! If you are local to us and are interested in ordering larger quantities in advance, please use our Contact Us page.

You can also find us at the Emsworth Horticultural Show and The Sustainability Centre Summer Show.

We’re continuously putting in the hours to renovate and transform this plot into a paradise of a garden that is sustainable and encourage diversity that will aid a healthy ecosystem. In our blog we will be talking about various projects we’re up to on the land.

Currently, we are preparing space to incubate and welcome our first group of Ducks and Chickens, as well as learning how to become beekeepers!

  • Growing Dahlias from Seed and overwintering tubers
    One of our latest plant obsessions is the Dahlia, since growing them from seed and realising just how easy it is to get many years out of these lovely plants. I first attempted these many years ago, with a tray of seed under my living room radiator. It was so successful it led me to … Continue reading ProjectsRead more
  • 2019 Growing: Chilli and Sweet Pepper Review
    T’was a hot summer here in the south of England, and our first with the new polytunnel We couldn’t wait to see how our chilli peppers would grow in comparison to previous years being grown in the ground in the old greenhouse. This year we grew chillies in there, as well as in pots and … Continue reading ProjectsRead more
  • First Summer in the Polytunnel
    2019 is our first summer having the Polytunnel and we’re sharing our successes and failures that came along with it. We have absolutely loved it and couldn’t have hoped for better results when it comes to our growing goals. We did come across some challenges including Managing the Environment. But we also learnt that we’re able … Continue reading ProjectsRead more
  • Growing Summer Hanging Baskets
    We’re sharing our experience from start to finish including which plants we used, compost, fertiliser and a review of the whole process. Including failures!
  • First Spring In the Polytunnel
    We have been busy for the last couple of months growing our seedlings indoors and transferring them to the tunnel in preparation for various growing projects.
  • First winter in the polytunnel
    In summer 2018 we invested in two 22m long polytunnels which we use to over winter plants, start seedlings off and house young plants. Maintaining a constant temperature inside the tunnel is difficult as we currrently do not have any heating system in place. Ideas for next winter especially, we are considering an indoor compost … Continue reading ProjectsRead more
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