Mar
19
2016
Steve Byrne

Installing a horizontal-flow reedbed

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Posted Mar 19 2016 by Steve Byrne of Lackan Cottage Farm
reed-bed

This week we undertook the building of a ‘proper’ horizontal flow reedbed. Our existing little ones were a hastily built, stopgap measure that we installed when we got here, and it was time to do things correctly. Read more …

Dec
23
2015
Steve Byrne

Keeping the chickens out of the garden with a woven birch fence

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Posted Dec 23 2015 by Steve Byrne of Lackan Cottage Farm
fence1

After a number of incidents where our hens ran riot through the vegetable garden, we realised that a permanent barrier was the only way to keep them at bay, and so looked around for a solution. Inspiration came when we visited the Ulster American Folk Park, and saw a woven birch fence. Read more …

Jul
13
2015
Steve Byrne

How I built a rocket mass heater in our timber-frame classroom

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Posted Jul 13 2015 by Steve Byrne of Lackan Cottage Farm
steve's rocket

When I built our timber framed classroom last year, one of the concerns was how best to heat it. We are entirely reliant on woodfuel here, and a regular woodburner was going to make a big dent in our precious wood pile. Read more …

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