We moved to Nags Head Farm back in the Summer of 2014, realising a lifelong dream to have our very own smallholding. Prior to moving we struggled to maintain some semblance of the good life while holding down full time jobs and running our own start up business. We did this whilst tending the garden, two allotment plots, a small flock of chickens and our young horse who was stabled on a private yard a good few miles from our home. It's safe to say moving to the smallholding and having all of this in one place made the whole endeavour much more enjoyable!
Some of you may have followed my adventures via the Ryan's Garden blog which documented my trials of growing produce on my allotment, keeping chickens and creating a small urban garden back in Wales. I intend to continue in this ilk here on the Nags Head Farm blog, although there may be a little bit more talk of the farm, the country and our trials and tribulations in between. Over the past year-and-a-bit the act of gardening has been pushed aside as I've battled hedges, cut down stupendously large dead and dying trees, managed livestock and erected rather a lot of fencing. 2016 should see the start of the garden at least!
The past year and a bit has been thoroughly enjoyable, incredibly frustrating at times and certainly a steep learning curve. When we first moved to the farm the layout was simple. We had a house and two large fields with a beautiful hedged boundary and hedged centre line between our two fields. The field came all the way up to the back door and the grass was knee high and even higher in some parts. The land had been managed over the years, with the previous owner renting the land for grazing but during the sale the grass had grown in to a mature meadow hiding a number of features that we discovered later - some good and some bad.
Clearing the meadow instantly highlighted an issue that we weren't fully aware of when we moved in - moles! This wasn't the odd mole, this was an infestation and anyone with horses knows a pitted field with unstable ground is quite the hazard. No longer had we spotted the issue but the garden also fell prey to these earth shovelling nightmares and nobody likes a patchy lawn. The mole man was called in and we set about repairing the ground.
As you can see the first year and a bit has been rather productive but there's still much more to do and several more lessons to be learned just yet. This blog will chart our progress and developments as the farm grows and expands and I hope you'll find great interest and entertainment reading about it here on the blog.