First month as land owners

After a rough start to our journey to set up a permaculture farm, things have begun to smoothen out.

We had to repriorities slightly, but with the help of some friends we have managed to set up boundary fences around the perimeter. We also managed to get started on planting; we’ve cleared a couple of small areas and planted a little garlic and some hardy spinach – adding mulch to keep it cosy as the cold weather creeps in.

Over the next few months we will be building some raised beds (like the one pictured below), setting up rainwater harvesting equipment and starting a compost pile, to get things ready for sewing next spring.

U shaped raised bed pic

The u-shaped raised bed allows for maximising of space when it comes to raised beds.

Written by TreeThinker

Passionate about the Earth and those who inhabit it. An engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) from Oxfordshire, UK, specialising in designing for a sustainable future. A member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a keen environmental advocate who volunteers for several grass roots sustainability groups. I work full time as a project manager for a renewable energy company based in Oxford and also run ‘TreeThinker’ (; converting previous pasture land into a rich permaculture farm growing produce for sale locally. I deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building renewable energy technologies, as well as workshops for schools discussing 'Energy as a resource' amongst other topics. I am qualified in ‘Information, advice and guidance’ (level 4) and experienced at teaching practical skills. I'm also a keen cyclist and have a love of wordplay - writing a blog on etymology (