Hello, thank you for the interest in our blog. Over 10 years ago we exchanged city life for ‘The Good Life’ and moved to rural Bedfordshire, UK to raise our children. We bought a house with a very large garden which was a blank canvas apart from the mature fruit trees. Since then we have increased the fruit trees in the orchard and created a no dig raised bed vegetable garden. We grow our own food organically (working with wildlife rather than against it) and keep chickens. We hope to inspire others to try their hand at self-sufficiency and become garden smallholders too. You don’t need as much space as we have, the average-size garden can feed a family for most of the year. Don’t forget to check out your local allotments if space really is tight, some sites allow chickens.
Our children are now grown ups and starting to fly the nest. Our dream is to own and run a smallholding and we’re putting plans in place to make our dream a reality in the near future. For now, we are learning and practising skills that will help us when we do take that next step.
We hope you enjoy reading about our garden smallholding and life with our feathery friends, the blog has many years of information regarding growing your own and chicken keeping so please do use the search option if you’re looking for particular information.
Karen is the main gardener and author for the blog, she enjoys photography and is passionate about growing food, she also has an allotment which she blogs about here: https://allotmenthaven.com
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Karen & Rich