Hedge-laying versus hedge cutting

Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year, and perfect for hedge laying.  Everything starts to blossom and new immaculate leaves are sprouting on branches and twigs. This applies not only to trees and bushes but also to hedges. However, observing miles and miles of hedges butchered by brutal machinery along my […]

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May 22, 2021

Biodiversity at Rails Farm

Winter is always the time to enhance biodiversity, laying existing and planting new hedges, harvesting willow and poplar cuttings and planting hundreds of new trees. This time the range of trees does not only include fruit specimen, but also:   Mischievous Animals Having sheep and alpacas and the odd rabbit and deer, makes planting small […]

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March 14, 2021

Hornets, our experience

Hornets divide opinions. They are big insects, related to wasps, but growing to almost 1.5 inches (3.5cm). (Notice my thumb holding the pint glass) However, hornets are not deemed to be aggressive, and are important pollinators and pest controllers, so are a gardener’s friend. Hornet’s nests only last one season; in autumn the young queens […]

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March 10, 2021

Merry Christmas 2020

We like to thank all our customers for either purchasing   our healthy organically produced food and/or choosing me to teach students in Science, Maths and German. It was a difficult year with Covid-19 and the looming Brexit. I had to turn to online teaching to ensure students can progress safely. Meeting customers in our farm […]

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December 21, 2020

Eco-friendly commuting

In a blink of an eye the summer has gone and autumn is with us. Where is the time, the fourth-dimension changes due to the speed of your movement? Taking this on board I thought about how to get to and from work, in a reasonable time but keeping my trip as environmentally friendly as […]

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October 11, 2020

Can we learn from the Covid 19?

Can we learn something from the spread of Covid 19? Virus, bacteria, fungi and protozoa, all of those pathogens can cause our immune system to go on high alert, fighting for us to survive. Obviously, my thoughts are triggered by the Corona virus (Covid 19) attack which  shows how fragile we are but also our […]

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March 9, 2020

March 2020 update

Veggies and other produce This picture shows very much in one shot what we were up to in all these months. Thanks to Gaby’s hard work all the veggies are in full blossom. Chard and fennel are only two of the many varieties growing in the poly tunnel and on the plots. However, there is […]

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March 1, 2020

Cheer up spring is nigh.

Yes, it is true, spring is here and the hours of daylight are increasing again. Hurray we have passed the shortest day (7hours, 49min, 40sec) on the 22nd December at 4.19am last year. Only 76 days to the spring equinox on the 20th March when the days catch up and become even longer. The obvious […]

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January 7, 2020

Beautiful autumn colours, why?

Autumn offers a kaleidoscope of colours of plants, nature at is best. Of course, as a scientist, observations need to be explained. What on earth is going on?  First of all, plants are the only living organisms which produce their own food. We call this process photosynthesis. ‘Carbon Dioxide and Water (including heat and light […]

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November 10, 2019

How an E bike is helping me be carbon neutral

The reason is my 33 miles return trip to school in Dorchester. Thanks to our new neighbours I am in the lucky position to borrow a wonderful machine to get to and from work. I am talking about an E bike. Fast and still eco-friendly an E bike is an incredibly ingenious invention which allows […]

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September 9, 2019