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49 Cloughey Road, Portaferry, Down, GB
07549 994398
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Cool Temperate

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Project Type

Rural, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

1 acre small-holding in rural, near coastal location.

Project Description

A bit under an acre of land around our house, which was a mess when we arrived. We are now experimenting with Fukuoka-style natural farming, throwing seed balls around and let thrive what want to thrive, planting many perennials or self-seeding annuals, as well as a mini-vineyard, to be become the first wine producer from outdoor grown grapes. Last season would have been our first vintage, had it not been for the birds, so will use netting this year. Planted plenty of trees and shrubs, including apple, pear, cherry, fig, lime (linden), June berry, strawberry tree, mulberry, Russian olive, birch, yew, rowan, raspberries, red and blackcurrants, Japanese wineberries, jostaberries, tayberries, honeyberries, blueberries, yellow plum and cherry plum, elaeagnus ebingeii, blackthorn and hawthorn, dog roses and Japanese apple rose, sea buckthorn, bay tree... etc... Perennieal vegetables include tree cabbage, globe artichokes, Jerusalem artichokes, cardoons, rhubarb, various allium, primroses and various others. We don't dig and rarely weed, keeping the ground covered at all times with vegetation or mulch. Chickens contribute with weed and pest control as well as supplying manure and eggs. There were some ducks, but they turned out the wrong sex and just bullied the chickens. Next time we'll make sure they are female.


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