Category Archives: Greenholme – an experiment in permaculture

NHM – a great resource

We have a large shrub or small tree in front of the house at Greenholme. We have not been able to identify it since we arrived, and neither [..]

Greenholme - an experiment in permaculture

2014 Open Day

Following the popularity of our first Open Day last year, we have decided to offer another opportunity for folk to visit. This year it will be on Saturday, [..]

Greenholme - an experiment in permaculture

Gentle Grain – 1st Attempt

Native Americans had an abhorrence of ‘ploughing’, declaring it to be a barbaric assault on our ‘mother’ who sustains us: You ask me to plough the ground. Shall [..]

Greenholme - an experiment in permaculture

Beef or…Willow? Part 2

A recent episode of the BBC programme ‘Countryfile’ (26 January, 2014) saw our local MP criticising certain intellectuals for wanting to impose their ‘fantasies’ on the uplands in [..]

Greenholme - an experiment in permaculture

Beef or What – Part 1?

Without exception, every farm in the Bewcastle and Stapleton parishes raises beef and lamb. This requires the conversion, and the maintenance, of the land to grass. We have [..]

Greenholme - an experiment in permaculture

Met Office Weather Station

June and July were sweltering! Unfortunately we weren’t recording weather data until the second half of July, but we are now an official Met Office weather observation station. [..]

Greenholme - an experiment in permaculture

Pigs & Bees

At last we have some honey bees. We collected a package of black honey bees from Charles Austin in Barnsley on Monday, 8th July. They were shaken into [..]

Greenholme - an experiment in permaculture

About Bees

Not Apis mellifera. Not honey bees. Same size, same general colouring, similar behaviour, not the same bee. Despite the initial jubilation about possible feral honey bee colonies in [..]

Greenholme - an experiment in permaculture

Of Chooks n Bees

Arrivals and discoveries! In the last two days we have had 8 little Maran chicks hatch, with one egg still to go. Their mother was so desperate to [..]

Greenholme - an experiment in permaculture

Pond in a Polytunnel

It didn’t take long. Scrape the gravel to clear the surface. Out with the knife to cut the shape into the geotextile. Spade the soil, then the clay, [..]

Greenholme - an experiment in permaculture