Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Composting - breaking it down to it's component....

So, this post is coming rather quickly after the first... I don't expect this to continue really.

But I was sitting at work thinking about composting so in my lunch I found the following links that people may find useful.

First of all: www.recyclenow.com/home_composting :: there is a lot of information here including a link to find out if you local council is providing cheap compost bins (blackpool does)...

This blog looks good, and has the following useful page about making your own compost bin.

Finally, and from the same blog, is a useful list of what you can add to compost. I plan on making a printable list of the "greens", "browns" and "don't" so if I get that done I'll try and add it to this post.

Anyway, that's enough for now.


Monday, 27 June 2011

Before anything has happened.....

Hello there,

Welcome to my blog and thank you for dropping by. I suppose I should probably introduce myself and explain what it is this blog will be about; so....

I am a (relatively) normal 30ish man who works full time alongside running another full time business. In two weeks time myself, my girlfriend and our housemate are moving to a larger house with a large back garden and this has caused me to consider how I can use the space to reduce our food bills, increase our self reliance and reduce our dependence on taxable cash.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been doing some research on how I can organise such a decision around having a very busy work life (and very little time in the house) and have not really found many places where people talk about "homesteading" or "self sufficiency" but coupled with the very real pressures that come from still having a job; If I was willing to sack my business and job off and go full time as a homesteader then the resources available to me are quite significant.

So, in the spirit of giving I have decided that I should start my own blog, with my own experiences and lessons that I have learned, so maybe others who are also considering how such a decision CAN work with multiple other commitment will be able to make an informed decision.

So, please do get in touch if you have any hints or helpful ideas... and let's see where this takes us. I am hopeful that this experiment will be a success and I will find that I can juggle growing some/most of my own food with the rest of my life. Who knows.

So, what am I considering as the first steps?

The house I am moving to has a sizable back garden so the first thing will be to decide where I should place things such as a vegetable garden, maybe a small green house, and potentially chickens. I am also starting a Compost Heap and I think that this is going to be the first thing that I do.

So, right now I'm on the look out for good links to posts about composting and reuse of vegetable matter. I am also considering the requirements for chickens to be kept safe in a semi-rural environment where humans are not around a lot to watch them etc.

I will blog about my discoveries in the next few days.