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Rain Glorious Rain! - 1 September 2010
  Saved at last, just as the month ended a storm erupted in my village and poured buckets of lovely rain all over my garden. Also the tempreature has dropped to a lovely 25 C.

Part of trying to live self reliant way is ensuring that you have at least some fresh food at all times. The summer is very easy to cope with as everything is ripening at the same time. Autumn too has plenty to offer, especially fruit from the trees. When it comes to winter though there is very little fresh produce to be had. Even the chickens stop laying for a while.

This year though I will have winter cabbage (not sure what I am going to do with it), parsnips (the only ones grown in my village), and leeks direct from the valleys in Wales!

The very early spring I will have my winter sown broad beans. The first year I was here I grew broad beans and was busy in November planting them when I was accosted by Ilyas my neighbour and asked what I was up to. When I told him that I was planting beans, he merrily laughed and told me not to be stupid and that beans should be planted no earlier than april after the last frost. When I told him that these would be ready to eat com late April he scoffed again.

This year I will not be the only planting winter sown broad beans. He doesn't like the taste of them but his cow does, and since they are full of protein this means his milk yield will be up.

At last I have left my mark on the village! Broad Beans!


Welcome to the 'Gud' Life, the home of self Reliant living on the internet. If you are interested in becoming more self reliant, or thinking of selling up and doing it for real you will find all you need to know right here. Written by someone who has done just that. Learn from my many mistakes

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Dear All, the information on this website is given as is, I am not a solicitor, and believe the world would be a better place without them. If you follow the advice on this site, and use your common sense you will not come to any harm. I cannot and will not guarantee any of the information here, it is just based on my experience, and I am always willing to learn. Life after all is a learning experience. If you know of better or improved techniques please share them and I will update the site as neccessary. Enjoy and be happy. TGL 

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