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2020 was planned as our official opening here at the Frugaldom project but the current Coronavirus crisis and UK shutdown has put paid to this for now. However, as a privately owned outdoor project currently operating as a new start social enterprise,we are rather at a loss as to how to progress without customers. We will not be beaten!

Livestock needs to be looked after, the sowing and planting needs done, more saplings need planted, willows need coppicing, more fencing and more drainage needed, ponies needing attention and life goes on. (You are still welcome to subscribe to the project, even if you cannot visit.)

These are a few potatoes that were leftover from a bag bought from the supermarket some time ago. I had kept several more to allow them to sprout but shortages nearby meant we'd to eat them last week!

Each tiny sprout growing from each eye of a potato is the beginning of a new plant. Leaving the potatoes drying on paper on a windowsill or shelf leads to them sprouting - known as 'chitting' - and once these shoots are of a decent size, you can simply plant the potatoes into a big bucket or even a big bag with some drainage holes. Make sure no light can get to the buried potato and then cover with more soil or compost as the sprouts develop and grow into leaves. From one single potato, I have previously managed to grow a full kilo of new potatoes. It's like magic!

Our project embraces nature conservation, environmental art, frugal living, food growing and local heritage. We are planting a 'Galloway Pippin' heritage apple orchard, cultivating willows, planting native woodlands and growing fruit, vegetables and herbs that will eventually be sold. Encouraging wildlife is part of the plan, so we have set aside a nature reserve area. On top of all this, we have a herd of 10 ponies living on site. I'm sowing edible flowers that should both encourage bees and garnish colourful salads.

These are the latest wildwood and driftwood sculptures - we have several environmental art installations at Frugaldom and all sales of ecoarts contribute towards our running costs.

The Frugaldom project is meant for sharing with fellow frugalers, writers and artists. As we progress into springtime, seed sowing has begun, regardless of the current global crisis. Our aim is self-sustainability and for that, we continue to strive. We all need to ea so we should be trying to grow our own food wherever possible.

Owing to the latest Government announcements regarding the Coronavirus pandemic we are urging you all to stay home and stay safe. There are so many ways to spend time with family at home, none more important than learning about where our food comes from and how to grow it. Yes, frugal friends, it is springtime and it is time to start getting your veggies started. Peas are really easy to grow in pots!

Even if you don't have a garden, there is space to grow something, even if it is simply some herbs, mini tomatoes and peppers on your windowsills. For those with space, black kale is one of the most nutritious, leafy green vegetables available.


We'll see you once this is all over and the country returns to normal. In the meantime, all we can offer are some blog posts, photos and newsy updates via this new website or @Frugaldom on Twitter or @Frugaldom on Facebook

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We had a hay delivery scheduled for 9am but when we arrived before that, we had a crazy half hour of returning ponies to their rightful places and having a mad dash poop-picking spree! Dobbin and 4 of the other mud monsters had decided that the main track would be a great place to spend time in the sunshine, blocking the gate.

Lazy dobbin eventually agreed to move and let us open up the gate in time for the hay delivery arriving.

The 'quarry' area is still quite flooded so there is no shortage of mud for ponies rolling. It was drying out quite quickly in the weekend's sunny, breezy weather so here's hoping he rain stays away for a bit longer and gives the water a chance to drain. I still have not spotted any frog spawn, which is a bit curious!

Lemony Snicket and baby Dobbin spent some time racing one another around the paddock after their breakfast.

Willow, Frankie and Pippin introduced themselves to the new hard-standing

Willow decided it was great fun to run up and down the ground mats makng an almighty din that sounded like an army marching into battle!

Brian made a good start on planting the first potatoes and sowing vegetable seeds in a mix of rotted manure, compost and molehills.

The raised beds were tidied and topped up then planted with shallots and vegetable seeds.

All in all, a good day as we even fitted in a bit of foal grooming. The birds are making the most of all the hair that's being brushed out and their nests in the barn are looking fur lined!

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A quick look at the progress of our rehomed orphans, now technically yearlings. They're full of mischief, very entertaining and are beginning their elementary halter training. They pull the funniest of faces!

They love one another's company so it is going to be difficult splitting them up, although the tiny Willowby is already very independent and doesn't in the least mind going out walking alone.

Willowby realising we're watching him! He's so cute.

Hi guys, I've been for a walk and it was FUN!

Hi guys, I'm going out for a walk, is there anything spooky out there?

Licky, licky, 'Lemony Snicket' - all the foals enjoy the Himalayan rock salt

Oops! I don't know if I was supposed to eat that but it tastes ok! (Diatomaceious Earth)

Mini mud monsters playing in the herb paddock

Did someone say 'dinner'

Baby Dobbin playing with his ball, which is actually a salvaged beach buoy.

Playing in the herb paddock.

Stopping for a snack during one of our equi-rambling outings

I am Pegasus! I can fly ... like a chicken!

The foals have been with us for almost 5 months and are all growing, eating plenty and ready to begin their basic training. Lemony Snicket is the more feral one so he hasn't yet been walked out in hand. He is just allowing us to stroke and scratch him! Not sure what happened to him prior to his arriving with us but he certainly has major trust issues. We're allowing him to take his own time about things. The others are all happy to be pampered, hoof trimmed and led out for short walks.

You can help support our project by sponsorship, subscription to Friends of Frugaldom or donating whatever spare time (or funds) you can afford.

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