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When we started growing food here, we weren’t sure what would thrive, and so I continue to be amazed and grateful when I walk down into the gardens and find an abundance of food growing, now, in November. Strawberries – not only the traditional ones but alpines too –

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and sweet peppers, Lyra’s favourite forage.

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The tunnel may look a little bare at first glance, but kale is already poking through the soil, salads are thriving, and all manner of herbs are still doing well.

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Outside, sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower are all thriving.

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and we are about to get stuck into the turnip crop.

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Autumn raspberries have also arrived, and are a welcome treat on dull days –

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Its not just the veg that continues to surprise us – a last brood of chicks, now four days old are running around the place with their fierce mother.

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and our older hens are enjoying the compost heap as much as ever

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