Hive Mind – Samhain ’23

Nov 1, 2023

Do you have a question for the ‘hive mind’Do you have any answers to these questions? Do you have any top tips you want to share? Feel free to email the editor –

We shared a question from a member on what to do about slugs in the Autumn equinox edition and afterwards we were contacted by Minnie, a new host in Kent, who offered the following suggestion along with some glowing feedback:

Dear Editor,

First of all, thank you for the wonderfully entertaining newsletter.  Packed with interest, and every word savoured.

I loved your Shropshire’s host’s collage of heritage tomatoes and Rosey’s extraordinary tale of restoration.

As for the slugs, our Kentish ale dregs work (in a tub sunk into the veg patch) well.

But I recently discovered that they’re quite partial to a spot of left over dog food!

Looking forward to our WWOOFer scything weekend at the end of the month.

This is a photo Minnie sent us to prove just how effective the ‘bait’ is and just how many [rather large] slugs are living around the Kentish oasthouse, originally used for drying hops, where Minnie is growing food using biodynamic principles and restoring habitats.

Do you have any tricks for keeping the slugs away from your veggies? We’d love to know:

Pumpkins & squash

We were sent these gorgeous photos of the pumpkins and squash grown by host Gregg Klaes of Forge Farm in Oxfordshire who grows an array of varieties as well as Hopi maize and produces raw honey on two sites alongside the Oxford canal.

Do you have a favourite variety of squash or pumpkin? Maybe it stores really well or it’s the taste or texture that is just so rewarding.

When it comes to carving pumpkins at this time of the year is there a variety that you find lends itself to the creative tradition better than others? Do let us know.

Do you have a question for the ‘hive mind’Do you have any answers to this question? Do you have any top tips you want to share? A poem, ‘WWOOFy’ film or book you think the WWOOF UK community would be interested in?

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