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About Dorset Forest Garden

Come and stay with us at Beaminster bottom Farm and enjoy the pleasures of being in close proximity to nature. You are welcome to relax in the forest garden, surrounded in fruit trees, and shrubs, cooking on your own fire pit or communial BBQ hut.  The farm has sheep, ducks, rabbits and an aquaponics polytunnel, and you […]

Free range rabbits

Introduction Rabbits have become a very enjoyable part of our farm system. It was important to us that we followed the patterns of nature in caring for them and avoid the caged methods used by commercial rabbit farmers. The observations that led to me adding rabbits onto our farm came about after considering a number […]

Valuing permaculture principles through aquaponics

Having taken a full growing season to observe and interact with my small aquaponic system I feel ready to expand. The first year’s system has enabled me to obtain a yield in terms of both knowledge and vegetables which has been a very valuable part of my small and slow solution to aquaponics. My initial design […]

Rabbits Relaxing in our Coney-Garth

The Normans introduced coney-garths (rabbit yards) into England where they raised rabbits for their fur and meat. Often these were surrounded by wide moats to contain the rabbits. Having raised rabbits for some time I have experimented with various systems to find the one that worked with our rabbits.  Our breeding rabbits have settled into a nice pattern […]

Kiki hen house Bouba duck house

If you are a QI fan you may know what I’m going on about.  In 2001 two scientists carried out an experiment asking two different groups of people that spoke different languages which shape they thought was Kiki and which one Bouba.  98% felt kiki was the pointy shape and bouba was the curved shape.  The theory […]

Green fruits

When planting up our aquaponic system we looked at the sort of annuals we would most like to eat and what appealed to the children. This resulted in a fair amount of fruiting plants.  Cucumber, tomato, pepper, peas and even a pumpkin.  All of this resulted in a heavy potassium requirement from our young system, […]

Ducks in the Forest Garden

We have a lot of grass in the Forest Garden during this early phase and have taken on some little helpers to help to keep this in check.  They are loving their new home – especially the bathing facilities! Watch this video of our new additions (The large Muscovy is named Mr Incredible due to his […]

An accidental harvest!

With most of our forest garden planted last winter we are at the settling in phase, there is much work with no anticipated outputs for this year.  Except we had a welcome surprise last week! An Elder (Sambucus nigra) had self seeded itself on the edge of our forest garden and was smothered in flat heads of […]