Thank you so much for bringing this thread back for another year! I'm looking forward to contributing and reading everyone else's success stories.
Having moved house at the end of last year, I now have a small paddock which is to be given over to growing food, with a view to being as close to self-sufficient in fruit and veg as I can. A polytunnel is on the shopping list that has a working title of 'one day'. This will be a long project, as when I bought the property, the paddock was a bramble patch, almost to head height!! I have cut them back to ground level, but digging them out is going to be quite some undertaking! I could do with renting a pig for a couple of weeks to do the digging up for me, but as I am surrounded by sheep farmers, I haven't managed to source one yet. A friend suggested I should advertise 'working holidays' - bramble clearing for room and board and fabulous views haha.
So, while I slowly clear the ground, most of the growing this year, will have to be in containers and vegetable bags, which will mean more work, but I know that I will get there eventually, although that will be measured in years, not months.
The first batches of seeds of the year have been planted in pots and trays in the conservatory (no greenhouse here as yet), and the blueberry, rhubarb, asparagus and gooseberry plants that I brought with me in pots are already showing signs of new life. I transplanted some of the dwarf fruit trees and strawberry plants that I had previously grown in pots, bare rooted, and put those into water on Monday evening to bring them out of dormancy. They will all be planted up tomorrow.
Happy growing everyone !