Hi -- I'm Juliet, from London, UK. I have a very small garden these days (8m x 5m) but for a long time only had containers to grow in. I'm really interested in permaculture thinking applied to cities (growing, transport, all sorts of living) and have written a book about container gardening (Permaculture in Pots). Occasionally I think wistfully of moving to the country... but it's not all that likely in this lifetime.
There are 3 adults, one toddler, and a dog in my household, and I can see the Thames from my window (and the very top of Tower Bridge if I peer out of the loft window ). We're getting solar panels on the roof as soon as we get the Official Permission Slip from the council and I am very excited about them!
Most of the 7 acres have sheep and goats on so I'm mainly working on the area around the house at the moment which is why I was interested in what you are doing. The croft was abandoned for 40 years so I'm gradually taming the wilderness and trying to create better growing conditions using hugelkultur as there isn't much depth of topsoil and what we have is heavy waterlogged clay. My little one is fantastic at spotting suitable logs lying in the forest next to us. I found the toddler stage difficult as they didn't want to be in the sling anymore and were too little to help but now they are 7 & 4 they can be helpful (at times).
I just bought your book! I have a book titled Grow Great Grub, for planting in small urban areas, which has served me well up to now. I think your book is my necessary next step. The title itself is exactly what I've been searching for, and it seems, all I had to do was type in container gardens here on permies. I am dreaming of the day where I have land and can call a little homestead, home. But for now, and most likely quite a few years to come, it will be in the pots! I've had a container garden in a more tropical region before, and although I'm not in the UK, I'm hoping that the weather in Oakland, CA proves to be similar enough for me to adapt to your monthly suggestions. Anyway, just wanted to let you know and say thanks, can't wait to get it in the mail
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