This blog covers life on our 3.5 acre patch in Suffolk, where my family lives and works, grows food and plays. We’re developing the site (slowly!) along permaculture lines…
Why ‘Alder and Ash’? Well…we like trees. It’s a windy, exposed place, so in the three years since we moved here we’ve planted about 100 ‘biomass’ willows, and about 80 trees for windbreaks and coppice. Ash trees seem to grow well here, and ‘Alder Carr’ (or ‘grove’) is a name that pops up a lot locally. So quite a few of the trees we’ve planted are…alder and ash. Ta da.
We have a ‘little bit of all sorts’ here – a small orchard that we’re re-planting, a bit of meadow, ponds, a vegetable garden. And lots and lots of critters, from barn owls to bumblebees, morehens to voles.
We’re new to all this, so we’re learning as we go. We’re not deep-green, off-grid yurt-dwellers (tho we admire those who are!) – we’re just trying to think about the choices we make as we look after our plot. The blog is intended to be a record of the things we learn, and the mistakes we make, as we try to develop our patch into a productive, more sustainable, bio-diverse and – we hope – beautiful place.
Who are we?
I’m Lucy, freelance writer by trade, and chief sower of seeds and grower of veg. I’m interested in sharing ways to grow veg productively and live a bit more sustainably. With some pretty pictures of flowers thrown in once in a while. There’s also H – not so much into the growing, but handy with a digger when needs be – and our two young children. Plus pigs, chickens (currently Snowflake, Deborah the Zebra, and James), and several hives of bees.
All friendly comments and advice are very welcome. And if there’s anything you’d like to know, just ask! Thanks for stopping by.