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sabrina

  • Joined Nov 2008
Re: Small land? Only got 1.8 acres - no idea what to do with it :-(
« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2018, 07:40:14 pm »
You could have a pollytunnel and grow veg and flower plants to sell in the Spring. Could also use to grow veg to keep you going over the winter. I do lambs and pigs for the freezer. Enjoy having them and yes I do get sad when its time for them to go but I give them a good life and that is what is important to me.

cloddopper

  • Joined Jun 2013
  • South Wales .Carmarthenshire. SA18
Re: Small land? Only got 1.8 acres - no idea what to do with it :-(
« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2018, 03:56:22 pm »
Learn how to use new willow growth to get a cheap rooting hormone ( simmer a handful of chopped up fresh green twigs for a couple of hours)
Then experiment with things like laurels, blue spruce , Christmas trees ash lime etc etc to grow small saplings for sale. I learnt the differences between old wood semi hard wood & green cuttings till I got things right .
 Plant them through opened up weighted down black bin bags to supress weeds and use a lawn mower between rows .

 I found it quite profitable to take a trailer of potted up , bare rooted or wrapped root ball saplings to boot sales once a month.  Fifty balled & wrapped 20" laurels usually fetched £ 300 ,  at three feet apart they become a nice hedge . Collecting hawthorn berries  by the bucketful  &  putting them in a slightly raised weed killed fine tilled fertile bed through a grid of half inch holes drilled in two foot by two foot plastic mask gave me several thousand 16 inch tall  hawthorns for farmers to buy  as bare roots .   If you research it well it can be a sensible side line that does not take up too much time once you get the growing beds , tilled & well fertilized .
« Last Edit: June 04, 2018, 04:35:39 pm by cloddopper »
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wannabesmallholder

  • Joined Jan 2017
Re: Small land? Only got 1.8 acres - no idea what to do with it :-(
« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2018, 09:36:59 pm »
We have 1 acre and this is what we have:

Divided the acre into two (would prefer it into 3 really to allow better rotation)

We have Ouessant sheep. We bought 2 and are breeding from them - now have 6. They are small and as someone else said you can have up to 10 on an acre - I think without grass we could sustain around 12 easily during spring and summer, but we have to give them hay in the Winter. We are currently breeding enough to up our numbers and once have got enough we will sell the lambs. Pedigree ouessant ewe lambs cost around £300, so there's a possibility of a profit, but obviously you need a market for them and we haven't tested that yet. We will put any unwanted lambs in the freezer. We don't have enough land for our own ram though so we have to factor in the cost of using a stud service. And you need transport.

We have planted 30 fruit trees in about 1/3 of the acre - apples, pears, plums and cherries - should give us plenty of fruit!!! We did this mainly for conservation/aesthetic reasons, but it has left us with a bit of a problem of not being able to graze it as the sheep eat the bark.... But I do love our new orchard!

We have 12 hens free ranging in the orchard - sell the eggs to neighbours.

We have a large vegetable plot, which sustains our family from now until about November and provides a few bits and pieces over the winter. We plan to erect a poly tunnel and large fruit cage with time.

I have thought about pigs and might try them in the future, but would buy them as youngsters to fatten over a few months and then slaughter, rather than having them on the plot full time.

I love our little patch of land - it provides a bit of food for our family, but most of all it provides a lifestyle, exercise, education and fresh air for us all, including my two small children. That is the reason we do it. We have spent a small fortune on it so far with all the fencing and whatnot. We certainly don't ever expect to make any money from it, but it has far great value to us in term of quality of life.

The book "Living on One Acre Or Less" by Sally Morgan is brilliant!

Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: Small land? Only got 1.8 acres - no idea what to do with it :-(
« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2018, 01:50:55 pm »
Not read  all replies, but I've often thought that doggy day care would be good. They could really enjoy your land and it wouldn't stop you having or doing other things with it.

 

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