Tuesday, 31 December 2019

What to sow in JANUARY | 7 Easy To Grow Crops (2020)

What to sow in January. 7 Easy to grow crops (2020).
I've been asked to make a video to answer what can I sow in January.
Here are 7 seeds to sow in January for continued harvesting throughout the year and some gardening tips for January.

If you are wondering which seeds to sow in winter in UK or what vegetables can I plant in January in the UK, here are a few ideas. We live in the equivalent of Zone 8b.
Links to the crops that I show you can be found in the info section of the video on YouTube.

Friday, 27 December 2019

Watching Ducks | December 2019

By far the most requested videos are those that feature the ducks, so here are another ten minutes of the ducks doing what ducks do best.

Friday, 29 November 2019

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Winter Rose Care | Winter Pruning| Roses As A Food Crop

We grow roses primarily for the rose hips that they produce each autumn, but the beauty and fragrance of their flowers makes them the perfect floral plant for our garden. In this video I share tips for getting a great crop of rose hips next year.

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Living the Self-Sufficiency Dream on a Tiny Homestead | Organic Abundance

When Huw Richards visited Byther Farm earlier in the year, he filmed this video. Thanks to Huw for creating such a wonderful film.

Friday, 15 November 2019

Leaf Mould or Hedgehog Homes? | Making Leaf Mold | Byther Farm (2019)

I'm doing my very best to support the growing hedgehog population on our homestead by making a hedgehog friendly leaf mould pile.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

EASY Weight Loss Diet | Growing Veg Helped Me Slim (2019)

Over the last 10 months I've been slowly and steadily losing weight. In this video I talk about how I did it and why the garden has been so important to me.

Friday, 1 November 2019

How To Make Christmas Wreath From Scratch | Easy NATURAL Christmas Wreat...

Here is a step by step tutorial for making a natural Christmas wreath from materials in your garden. You don't need to buy a wreath base because I show you how to make your own easy wreath base.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

What To Sow In November | 7 Easy To Grow Crops (2019)

This video continues my monthly look at what seeds can be sown. Plus there's a good look at what I'll be harvesting from the garden during November. I was pleasantly surprised at just how much there is left to harvest and to see that we will be able to enjoy fresh vegetables right through the winter.
Transcript is below.

Hello, today I'm going to tell you about seeds that you can sow in November.
I'm Liz Zorab and this is Byther Farm.
So, it's a cold foggy day outside, but here in the polytunnel it's really
quite warm and so I'm getting on with sowing some seeds.
I'll leave the links to all the seeds I've talked about in the video description.
If you have a greenhouse, a cold frame or a poly tunnel you can so first early peas.
Choose something like Kelvedon Wonder, Meteor or Feltham Early.
You can do this by finding
a piece of old guttering and drilling some drainage holes in it. Fill it with
compost and then sow your seeds, two to three inches apart. Give them a good
water but don't let them get water logged. Peas will just rot off if they're
sitting in waterlogged soil. Let them grow on and when they've got to about
four to five inches high you can then transfer them to outside. All you'll need
to do is dig a narrow trench in your soil about the same size as your guttering
and then take the peas in the guttering out there and then very slowly slide
them, move the guttering out, and it just slide into the space in your soil.
Peas don't really like much root disturbance so this way you can move
them without actually disturbing the roots.
Much like October, you can get broad beans in now. Choose an autumn variety something like Aquadulce.
I've saved my own seeds, so these plants grew this year and I've saved some of the seeds to be able to grow for a 2020 crop.
And these are pretty healthy looking beans, these are a good size. So they're an inch or so long and about an inch wide. They look great!
There's still several salad seeds that you can get into the ground now. Things like Mizuna which has got peppery taste. A mustard something like Green In The Snow. And with lots of these plants as the leaves get bigger the heat the mustardy heat will get stronger.
Corn salad, mustard Ruby Streaks. And you can still try sowing lettuce, something like Winter Imperial.
If you choose a hardy variety like Performer, you can sow
spring onions now.
With a little protection from a cloche Pak Choi can be sown now too.
And then there's a whole raft of alliums that can go in now.
That's onion, garlic and elephant garlic. I've been getting my alliums into the
ground over the last few days and I'll leave a link to that video in the description.
Now I don't grow chillies or peppers because our family doesn't eat them, but
I do understand there are some varieties of chilies that could be sown now.
Something like Apache or a Medusa could be so now but you'll need to keep them inside in a warm and a very well-lit spot. So if you're putting them on the
windowsill remember to take them off the windowsill at night if you're shutting
the curtains otherwise they'll be shut out in the cold and it won't do them any good at all.
Out here in the garden there are still plenty left to harvest so
things like parsnips. We had our first frost last night so they will be
benefitting from that. There are carrots and celariac here. I've started harvesting
all the Greek Gigantes beans, bringing all of those in now, getting them out of
their pods ready to store for the winter. There's still some cabbages to come.
There's a few Greek Gigantes beans here.
We've even got some pea shoots still to go into our salads. I do really like these. These are self sown and I've been harvesting these over the last couple of weeks and they just keep on coming.
Some chard and some beetroot to come from here.
And in this bed I've still got all the runner beans to come in. I've grown these for the big white beans that sit inside these pods. So I had one crop of green sliced beans and then I left all of these grow and mature and not for big fat green slice beans.
The white bean on the inside is really filling, has got a good flavor, is great
in soups and stews. You can dry them, you can can them. I tend to blanch them and then freeze them and then they're ready just to throw into food into meals at a later date. But as you can see we've got plenty of them.
This end of the garden - there's some yacon and Borlotti beans on that side,
there are swede (rutabaga) on this side. And there's also skirret, but I'm not going to harvest that this year, I think I'll leave that either for next year or the
year after. There's a couple of broad bean plants that have just grown, self-sown ones, and they're flowering so we might just get the odd broad bean or two.
Over here is the Hamburg parsley. So this is grown, not only for the
lovely flat leaf parsley on the top of it, but they're actually grown for the roots. And we haven't tried them yet and as soon as we do and we'll make a video about that I'm trying to describe to you what they're like.
There's some more celeriac there and dill which has gone
to flower and is in seed, so I'll be collecting the seeds for using in chutneys.
The courgettes here have pretty much had it now they are almost beyond use.
The ones in the polytunnel are still producing.
And over here are some more runner beans.
This is another mixed bed, there's some beetroot, there's the
last of some squash. I think this plant can be lifted really, the squashes
themselves are harvested and so that's just now waiting to go into the compost heap. There's parsley at that end, there's some lettuce at that end.
In this bed, slightly squashed by the netting so I need to
release it a little bit, are the purple sprouting broccoli. I don't really need
the netting over any more as there are very few, if none, cabbage white
butterflies around. I'm leaving it on because the ducks are allowed in here at
the moment. I think the ducks would just turn this into an all-you-can-eat buffet,
so I'm protecting them a little bit from my noisy friends.
Inside the brass cage which has been quite successful I have had to pull a couple of butterflies out of it but that's not surprising as I've still got a few holes in the netting the ceiling. But overall this has been a success there are kalettes growing really nicely here. I harvested several pounds of them yesterday and they went off in veg boxes but kalettes - I don't know I'll grow them again. They take up quite a lot of space and I really like sprouts. I think it's a personal thing but I think if I'm giving up this much space to brassicas, I'd rather have sprouts than
kalettes. But it has been really nice to grow them and the turkeys are
appreciating the larger leaves and my veg box customers very much like the kalettes.
And on the other side of the brassica cage is the Cavalo Nero kale. This has
grown really well, I'm very pleased with this. There are some whitefly in here but they're fairly easy just to shake off and this has been a really good crop and
there is still plenty of it to come. I put five plants here in a row, as always
with any tall plants they've fallen over just because of the strength of the wind,
but they are going to carry on producing for us right through the winter.
And then out here in what I'm calling our market garden area. These are
indeed Brussels sprouts. They are looking great. You know they're
almost... where they're under this netting, it's almost forming what looks like a
cabbage on the top of it because the netting is folding all the leaves down.
But those sprouts are coming, they are larger than the pea and some of them are
larger than a marble, so they're really, really doing well.
This is celeriac. Again this is looking really good, we've been harvesting this.
There's still plenty of ruby chard, this is the last of the sweet corn. it's no
good for me but it's absolutely fine for the chickens. So I'm leaving the plants
there at the moment and just harvesting one or two cobs a day to give to the chickens.
I've also got some sorrel in here.
This rather untidy little patch of leeks. It's the first time I've grown them through weed suppressing membrane.
I would say that that's a success. And so I created holes in the weed suppressing
membrane, holes into the soil and put the leek plants in. I'm very pleased with
how well they've done.
So in combination and with what we already have stored I think we will have plenty of fresh food to see us through winter and early spring.
away, it looks to me like we're going to have plenty of fresh food continue
harvesting right throughout the winter and early spring.

Friday, 25 October 2019

Growing Elephant Garlic | Easy to grow annual or perennial

My friend Erica gave me a couple of bulbs of elephant garlic. In this video I plant them to grow in two ways. One is being growing as an annual crop to harvest next summer, the other will be grown as a perennial plant to harvest in years to come.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

SAD | Living With Seasonal Affective Disorder

In today's video we talk about some of the things we do to help with symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.

Friday, 18 October 2019

Cutting Down For Winter | Homestead Garden Vlog (Autumn 2019)

The turkeys have been helping us in the garden. While Mr J has been cutting up pallets to use in the wood burners, I have been tidying the herbaceous borders and looking for items left behind around the gardens.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

5 Gardening Tips in 5 Minutes | Collab with Jane Kelly

I loved making this collab video with Jane Kelly. It was so nice to spend some time looking back at earlier videos and enjoying the sunshine of the summer months.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Monday, 30 September 2019

What To Sow In October | 7 Easy To Grow Crops (2019)

Continuing my month by month look at what can be sown in the garden, here are my suggestions for sowing and planting for October.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

New Vegetable Garden (2019)

A new garden for the new growing season. I started growing a few veg in this area last year, but now I'm getting it sorted out properly to provide us with even more annual vegetables and fruit.