The earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.
The polytunnel is one of our pride and joys, it took a hell of a beating in the storm last winter but the silver lining to the COVID lockdown is we were able to spend some time fixing it up and getting some produce out of it! The polytunnel has been at the stars for 6 years but for about 3 years of its life, it spent only growing copious amounts of sage, nettles, and ground elder. But after 2 long weeks, blood, sweat, tears, and funny hats. We now have an abundance of life. We are currently growing, courgettes, butternut squash, tomatoes, chillis, cucumbers, beans, broccoli, kale, sage, and a slightly disturbing amount of tomatoes, as well as much much more!
After the progress of the polytunnel we then also decided to build some raised beds in the top of the garden on the base of the old marquee which we have plenty of beans, courgettes, beans pumpkins, and… you guessed it, more tomatoes!
Throughout lockdown we worked on a preorder system for all food, this has worked fantastically well and we are carrying on with the same now we are open again, running with the pre-order system has many benefits but the biggest is that we are only ordering and prepping 'just enough' this means we have almost zero food waste which we are over the moon about!
We are also in the process of building our own composting toilets outside for future events and to use in the summer months.
Watch this space for further info in our quest to become as eco friendly, sustainable, and waste-free as much as possible!