I have lived on my smallholding for nearly ten and half years. Before that I had four vegetable allotments in England. Allotments are great and you meet lots of like minded people. Especially the one who 'talks' a good allotment. They will tell you everything that you should be doing and everything that you are doing is WRONG! Then one day you decide to take a look at their plot and it's full of WEEDS!
Smallholding farming teaches you self reliance skills and how to recycle everything - especially baling string! Yes I am the author of a baling string book. Its called: Archie Sparrows book of Useful tips to Beat the Recession with..............Baling String. Its on Amazon books and it will make a brilliant Christmas present for somebody. I think you should rush out and order ten copies each.
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