Archive for January, 2009

Typical allotmentsWith the present economic climate and a huge amount of interest in growing your own vegetables (sales of vegetable seeds were up by 60% last year) and fruit, where to grow them has become an increasing problem for many people who have small or non-existent gardens.  There are a few options available to get yourself some growing space including allotments, Adopt-A-Garden and Landshare.

Photo: Angus Mackie

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Well liked mature couple John and Yvonne, who quite a few of us know from the community of Ventnor, are looking for a house to share with like-minded people (green living) in the direction of Brightstone or thereabouts. It could be rented or shared and John and Yvonne would welcome any age group but not too rowdy. They are keen to have an open fire and space to grow things and practice drumming. Please contact them on 854346

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The Isle of Wight Permaculture Group Monthly Meeting will be hosted by James at his land in Porchfield.

James said:

Sunday 10.30am til whenever. Come and have a wander round the meadow and woodland and do some hazel coppicing. Other jobs available! Maybe we can have a bonfire too. There’s a large shabby caravan with a woodburner for tea breaks. Please bring if you have them – boots, gloves, a coppicing saw or pruning saw, kneeling mats and loppers. If people could bring a flask of drink or a cup that’d help, though we have some tea-making stuff there. I will take biscuits! The ground is uneven and still a bit muddy.

All welcome. For address, directions and a mobile phone number for James on the day please contact:
Phone: 01983 854968

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Happy New Year

Mystery picHappy New Year

Sorry for recent lack of posts, what with Christmas preparations and a couple of nasty colds I did not have enough time for everything.  I also spent a lot of time getting my hearth and fireplace ready for the installation of my wood burning stove which I had hoped would be up and running by Christmas. Never mind perhaps it will be done this month, I am beginning to envy people who have central heating.

I live in hope of some of the other members of Ventnor Permaculture actually making a few posts this year – in case you missed it that was a big hint!

I know it is freezing outside right now but the busy time of year is fast approaching, I will endeavour to post a list of things to do and seeds to sow at the start of each month.

If you are new to gardening and there is anything you would like to know or like written about please let me know.

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