Friday, 29 December 2006

Badgers in them thar hills

The other day we spotted some big tracks in the mud on the way into the field..looks like Badgers to me.. Badger's garden lives up to it's name!

Movin on

At last, despite stormy weather, 1 of the door frames is attached. I'm kind of new to this sort of thing so i went through a steep learning curve! I made so many mistakes with this one that the second frame will have to be perfect...
Anyway i've also been unwinding the heating pipes which are a slightly smaller version nof the big hoops: 50mm OD to be precise. I'm making them as straight as i can so they will move smoothly into position...

Wednesday, 20 December 2006


SO now the final pole has been put in place, hada hell of a time putting it in, but it feels great to see it all there. Next bit is to get the doors up and then the plastic..

Sunday, 17 December 2006

Getting there

We managed to fit in a few minutes on Sunday to put up some more hoops, here I am walking around the tunnel, there's a few loose places, but some rocks and a sledgehammer should soon fix that. I'm also starting to plan the garden design: It's about 10 times biger than the last garden we did, so it calls for a much bigger vision when all is said and done. Am I up to the task? Watch this space!

Friday, 15 December 2006


At last some hoops are up. Feels great to see them, the difference from a flat field to one with this, dare i call it structure? is amazing!

A bit of pole bendin

Next comes the pole bending, basically i hammer a couple of scaffold poles into the ground and bend the pipes around them, leave it for a day or even an hour and i can then place them onto the poles..
So now that most of the scaffold poles are fairly steady, i can concentrate on putting up those hoops and movin on. Because this plastic is quite thick 63mm OD, you really have to wrestle with it. I like to think of it as dancing with a drunk anaconda! Man, it goes every which way, except where you want it too, is slippery and the ends can really cut deep if you're not careful(i'm not). Not so different from a giant anaconda, except that i'm in a wet field in cornwall, rolling around trying to put this flamin pipe onto a pole..

Thursday, 7 December 2006

Feeling a bit...tyred!

Finally got all of the scaffold poles welded, dug in, measured, re-measured, and lined up. Tyres are useful things you know, keep the rain out of the poles, provide a windbreak and act as mini-greenhouses by absorbing heat from the sun and storing it so the plants get a headstart.
As soon as the weather calms down a bit i'll be out putting up the hoops and making the doors.

Friday, 1 December 2006


Well i had to work today so only got a chance later on just before sunset to get any work done. I managed to get all of the remaining holes dug on the polytunnel . Met some tough rocks on the way but managed to work my way past them.
It's beautiful land here, the soil is dark, and full of worms, it's no wonder this area used to be called the "Golden mile".
Next step is to get those hoops of water pipe into the right shape for placing onto the scaffold. I'll pretend i'm a pro and call these slung together bamboo shapes "forms"!
Work continues manana..

Wednesday, 29 November 2006


Hello, this is the first post for Lowarth Brogh CSA, a community supported agriculture project located just above Penzance in Cornwall, England.
It's the second time i've grown for people on a large scale (well larger than the back garden) and quite a challenging project.