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Building a cob oven - part 3
In our final instalment we finish the oven and get cooking!
Building a cob oven - part 2
Mixing the cob and building the oven walls.
Building a cob oven - part 1
The cob oven was one of our earliest projects. What can beat wood-fired pizza?!
Mar 15, 2021
Glastonbury CND Festival 1987. Elvis Costello and Van Morrison were headlining. And in the Green Field, there was a display about...
Feb 9, 2021
Life in the slow lane
Pre-pandemic, we were working most of the time in London which left us only the weekends to manage our little set up. Now we are...
Aug 16, 2020
How we built our wormery using an old IBC.
May 24, 2020
Beekeepers Oh Na Na Na dance challenge!
Natural Progress HQ go all TikToky...
May 20, 2020
Splitting our hive - part 4
The final part of our mini-series coincides with peak swarm season - and we find out whether our new queen is laying...
May 6, 2020
Splitting our hive - part 3
It all goes horribly wrong - but not for the reasons we were expecting!
Apr 30, 2020
Splitting our hive - part 2
Two weeks after the split, it's time to see to check up and see if we've got a new queen...
Apr 19, 2020
Splitting our hive - part 1
With just a single colony, we were desperate to get some more bees. So we decided to split our hive into two...
Jan 13, 2019
Preparing for chickens
Chickens are great company when you're pottering outside. They are a fantastic way for children to appreciate the natural cycle. They...
Sep 15, 2018
Chicken, the food
Talking anthropomorphic animals are ever-present in so much of children's media. They play a big part in creating the...
Jul 16, 2018
The enemy at the gates
My father was the one who had kept chickens. There's a story about how he got started but this isn't it. Instead this is about how we...
Apr 14, 2018
Look no hands! Feeding fish on holiday*
*No, not when the fish are on holiday. When we are. Fish keeping best practice is apparently to feed by hand as it provides a routine to...
Mar 19, 2018
It's March already...
Having chickens running around, laying fresh eggs... (nearly all the girls are laying!), fish swimming in the aquaponics greenhouse...
Mar 17, 2018
Slugicide: does it matter how you kill slugs?
After the initial success of the beer traps, the suicide rate plummeted. Despite being English, these slugs don’t love their beer enough...
Feb 6, 2018
I recall the fun of digging the greenhouse to home the sump tank. I recall the excitement of seeing the aquaponic grow beds glistening in...
Jan 11, 2018
The pecking order
My father loved keeping chickens and for several years we watched them run around and enjoy his company. Sadly my father passed away last...
Sep 4, 2017
The good life?
We haven't quite worked out the meaning to life, the universe and everything - but we know the answer is 42 and that chickens are in...