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Post: #276078 derek_blacklockuk
Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:32 am

I am currently buiding a bungalow on Westray in the Orkney Isles which will be off grid (too far from power supply).

I have about 6 acres so I am in touch with the bumblebee conservation society to turn most of it into a wildflower meadow. The rest should be for growing fruit and veg and ornamentals.

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Post: #276079 Pumkinpie
Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:34 am

Good luck in your venture. welcome .

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Post: #276083 doofaloofa
Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:03 am

What kind of growing conditions do you have up there?
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Post: #276085 derek_blacklockuk
Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:21 am

Very windy!!!!!!!!!!
Almost 24 hour sun in summer, what is sun in winter?

My soil ph is about 6 and soil not very good, been a cow pasture for years but not fertilized since I bought it.
Perfect for wildflowers, but not veg.

Rhubarb and gooseberries I am told will grow here, vegetables if I improve the soil.

Hebe, Fuschia and one or 2 other hedging plants may grow (Hawthorn/Blackthorn) and there are some willow species
up here that I will try.


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