This is a new book by our partner Sally Morgan of Empire Farm. It’s a comprehensive guide to starting and running your own micro-smallholding. I’ve just received my copy – 225 full-colour pages giving you an overview of everything you need to think about if you’re considering setting up a micro-smallholding – or even if you’re just dreaming about it.
First, here’s a description of the book, then below are instructions on how you can win a copy.
You don’t need a huge parcel of land to start your own mini-farm and live more self-sufficiently. With an acre, or even a half-acre, you can juggle a job, family, and still grow fruit and veg and even have some chickens, pigs or sheep. Sally Morgan takes the reader through the basics of a starting your own smallholding, including:
- planning and setting up
- growing your own fruit and vegetables
- keeping chickens, pigs and sheep
- all the while making use of sustainable and organic principles.
This inspirational book is perfect for anyone who aspires to take control of their food supply, or who wants to do more with the land they’ve got.
Part One: Groundwork
1. Planning your plot
2. Know your soil
3. Soil fertility and crop rotations
Part Two: Growing produce
4. The vegetable and flower garden
5. An abundance of fruit
6. Tree crops and forest gardens
Part Three: Keeping livestock
7. Poultry for eggs and meat
8. Pigs for meat
9. Sheep and goats
Sally Morgan is a journalist, author and smallholder. She is currently editor of Organic Farming Magazine, writes for Country Smallholding and runs courses on smallholding and butchery. Having set up and run a number of smallholdings she now has a separate demonstration mini-farm on one acre of land.
How to win a copy
According to the topic introductions on our website, answer the following questions:
- Good soil should have at least what percentage humus content?
- The best wool comes from sheep that have not been what?
- When do you sow half-hardy annual flowers?
- What are the seven layers generally identified in a forest garden?
Send your answers to [email protected], with your postal address. I’ll number the correct answers in the order that they come in.
We’ll draw two numbers from a hat on Monday, Feb 8, and send those two people a copy of Sally’s book. That’s it.
(NB: the book is released on March 10, 2016)
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1Dave Darby February 8th, 2016
And the winners are: Vanessa McGreevy and Nerina Onion. Your copies of Sally’s book will be posted to you as soon as it’s released (March 10).
Thanks to everyone else who entered (especially the person – who shall remain nameless – who said that good soil should contain at least 5% hummus).