Health update

7 November 2015

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!I’m going to be trite for a moment, and you’re going to let me. You know all that “you’ve only got this moment, live for it as you never know when it will change” kinda stuff? Well, it’s true. Over […]

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STASH (A short story)

20 November 2014

It’s National Short Story week, so here’s a short story for you. Click to download a copy as a .pdf | .epub | .mobi to read on your other devices. Feel free to share but please note the Creative Commons licensing regs around Non-commercial use, Attribution and ShareAlike. There’s me and there’s my Mum and that’s […]

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From Tower Block to Four Acres: Summer 2014

9 July 2014

Originally published in UK Handmade magazine. Summer in the garden is the time of abundance. The reward for the labour of earlier in the year is paid off when the crops are ready to harvest. Peas and beans pop up all over the place with leguminous joy. The vine crops of tomatoes and cucumbers hang […]

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On the cover of a magazine…

6 July 2014

Well, at least a tagline for my organic market garden was. The front page of the July issue of Cheshire Life magazine stated “Growing organically in Malpas” under a large header “Glorious Gardens”. Page 224 featured a lovely three page spread about Oakcroft, entitled “No Payne, no gain” (groan). Interesting fact: my surname, Payne, actually […]

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From Tower Block to Four Acres: Spring 2014

24 April 2014
All pricked out and ready to grow! How I love their tiny little heart-shaped seed leaves. Love, love, love.

Originally published in UK Handmade magazine Spring 2014 issue. Every time I see the tiny heart-shaped leaves of seedlings pushing their way out of the soil to say “Hai”, I smile. Spring is the busiest time of year for a market gardener. It’s also an exciting one. After a long winter of planning for the […]

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From Tower Block to Four Acres: Winter 2013

9 January 2014
Lisa Margreet | designer | writer | teacher | farmer | image

Originally posted in UK Handmade Magazine: Winter 2013 The seasons have turned, the nights have drawn in and I no longer have the luxury of long evenings to complete garden tasks after my day job is finished. On my three freelance days, I work 9am till 5pm and then from 5pm till 9pm in the […]

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From Tower Block to Four Acres: Autumn 2013

20 August 2013
Lisa Margreet | Designer | Writer | Teacher | Farmer

Originally published in UK Handmade Magazine Autumn 2013. You know the dream: you’re living close to the land and nature, growing your own food and running your own business. Often, there are chickens involved. Well, apart from the feathered dinosaurs, I keep pinching myself as I’ve been living that dream for the past six months. […]

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Oakcroft: April 2013

2 May 2013
Lisa Margreet | Craft educator and writer | image

April at Oakcroft Organic Market Garden: Things are growing – including a (not-so) rare species of Domestic Cattus in the newly renovated propagating greenhouse… (Embedded video not showing? Click here to watch it on youtube.)

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A Video Postcard from Oakcroft

17 March 2013
Lisa Margreet | Craft educator and writer | image

Wanna see what I swapped my London life for? A short walking tour of Oakcroft Organic Market Garden, March 2013. Love from,

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Craftsy Valentine’s Day Sale (and a Special Life-Changing Announcement…)

14 February 2013
Craftsy Valentine

I find Valentine’s Day really confusing. Although I’m not a fan of the mainstream holiday per se, to be with someone you love and not mark it somehow also doesn’t feel right (thanks to advertising and mainstream conditioning for that). So I find that a little handmade gift or card goes down well without being […]

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