Crackpot Smallholding

Our quest for self sufficiency and green living

Green Living

At Crackpot Cottage we spend much of our time finding ways to be as self sufficient as possible, whilst keeping mother nature happy.

And so we build and dig and plant and harvest, and return what we don't need for ourselves back to the land (or give it to the hens!).

We have plenty to keep us busy, rain or shine (mostly rain!), whatever the season  such as:

vegetable garden

fruit trees

hens for eggs and meat

lots of flower beds and lawns

plenty of hedges and natural fencing


and the list goes on.......

Here we share with you our triumphs and failures, and all the hard work and attention our land needs.


Living in the countryside isn't as cosy and idyllic as people imagine but is certainly very rewarding!

Emanuela & Karen

Dry stack wood-fired pizza oven

August 2021


How to build comfortably in one day!


Composting Toilets – The Bucket System

July 2021


How to increase self-sufficiency - watching what most people consider an unpleasant waste product (human poo) becoming something of value, simply through the natural process of decomposition.


Garden Waste Dead Wood Hedge

October 2020


Growing a natural hedge to attract a whole range of creatures and micro-organisms


Wooden Compost Bin using Pallets

October 2021


How to build a wooden pallet compost bin


Growing potatoes

September 2020


The wise old farmer method