This is what we do at Part-y-Seal which helps keep our carbon footprint as low as possible. For the last 25 years we have aimed to lead a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle.
We have four beehives which provide us with delicious honey and help to pollinate our fruit trees and soft fruit. Our happy rescue chickens enjoy pecking around in their run and in turn provide us with wonderful free range eggs which are used in all the cooking.
All our produce is naturally grown without the use of any sprays or chemicals. We try to grow all our own fruit and vegetables throughout the year in our large kitchen garden, greenhouses, fruit cage and orchard. Our fruit is used both fresh and for a wide range of preserves, pickles & relishes. We grow a wide range of fruit including plums, greengages, red, white & black currants, rhubarb, blackberries, gooseberries, blueberries, cherries, logan & tay berries, Chinese gooseberries, Melons, grapes, figs, persimmon (sharon fruit), apricots and peaches.
In our large kitchen garden we grow vegetables including a wide range of salad crops, over 15 varieties of beans (for both fresh and dried use) cabbages, cauliflowers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kohl Rabi, parsnips, carrots, leeks, potatoes, onions, peas, celeriac, pumpkins and a wide variety of squashes, sweet corn, celery, turnips, swedes, seakale and garlic. If it is possible to grow it we try it!! In the greenhouse we grow tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, peppers, chillies, okra and salad crops in the winter. We also grow many herbs and seeds such as poppy and mustard. In our courtyard we have citrus and olives growing.
We crystallise some of the soft fruit for use in our muesli and homemade ice creams. We make teas such as chamomile & peppermint, and also our own elderflower and redcurrant cordials, hot spiced apple and plum drink.
We grow and harvest our own bamboo canes for use in both the kitchen and flower garden.
We mill our own wholemeal flour using a stone ground mill for our bread and rolls. We also make our own pasta, chocolates & fudge.
All our food is homemade and mostly vegetarian and much of it home grown/produced.
We have our own borehole for delicious fresh water. Solar panels have been installed on our southwest facing roof which provides much of our electric.
We use the freecycle website for many of our needs, in fact our large greenhouse was built with bricks, glass, windows and doors acquired from the site-thus keeping things out of landfill and reusing them instead.
All our rubbish is recycled or composted, the refuse men never have to collect from us!
As you can imagine we live a busy, but very rewarding life here at Part-y-Seal!