Food Growing 
We live in a challenging landscape here in Argyll. Our forest garden is based on and around a wide wayleave where trees have been kept clear for the power cables. It is south facing with prevailing south-westerly winds encouraging a beneficial micro-climate. The climax vegatation are the mid-atlantic oakwoods which protect our garden from the worst of the northerly winds.

The internal forest garden is deer proof and chicken-fenced and is designed around permaculture themes. The groundflora is our root vegetables, squash, tattie and leek lazy beds. We grow everything organically and from seed. The midlayer or understory are the soft-fruit bushes, beans and teepees of squashes and yams. The canopy includes the nut trees, apple trees and ultimately the oaks.

We are very active in the support of growing local organic food in the community. Although we are limited in the space to grow surplus, we sell, swap, or barter our produce locally which creates valuable relationships in our community, perhaps a bit of income and encourages local pride in our own produce. We also grow and sell edible exotic mushrooms, salads, and herbs.

It is a amazing what a packet of seeds and some fertile soil can do for your soul, your diet and your overall wellbeing. Our longest season to feed ourselves is wintertime. So from February onwards we tenderly encourage our first sown seeds of the season of brassicas (cauliflower, broccoli, kale, sprouts etc) which feed us well into the following February, March and April - the leanest times of the year for all smallholders!

Our sloping garden means that water runs off quickly! But each season brings something different. We are lucky with little frost and a south-facing garden means something is usually growing there, whatever the season.

Our beasties and wildlife love it here too! As we are organic we rely on creating habitats and environments to promote amphibians and small insects to help us in the battle against slugs, weevils and other veggie predators! Ponds encourage newts, toads, frogs who eat the slugs and dragonflies who just adore wasps for lunch. The garden lizards, slow worms, weasels and birds all help too and are just great to discover.

The Polytunnel is a very useful space given the prevailing climate
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