Planting Cherry Trees

Planting cherry trees

Yesterday we were sawing up our home grown cherry wood for BBQ wood chunks, today we were out planting pot grown cherry saplings for future supplies. The first cut will be in 10 – 15 years so it is definitely a long lead time project – nothing happens quickly!

2022 Garlic Harvest Begins

Home grown garlic

It’s that time of year when we start to harvest our garlic. By growing it indoors and outdoors and on different soil types we get an extended season for supplying it fresh from the ground.

Dog Fields Path Mowing

Play area in a dog field

It’s that time of year when all the paths around the dog walking fields need a good mow. They always look smart when they are done but it won’t take long before they need doing again. The dogs love the long grass and all the smells it holds…. spot the pheasant in the photo!

Will I get wet?

Will I get wet

A trusty old Massey Ferguson 135 with a pasture topper attached might look cute tootling up and down but in this weather it really is living life on the edge; gambling on a good soaking is one thing but a lightning strike would be a tad inconvenient at this time of year!

Home made Pesto

Jar of home made pesto

Our basil is at it’s best and so the first fresh pesto of the season beckons and today was the day. It is easy and quick but ingredients like pine nuts and Parmesan are expensive so whilst it might be a special treat, at least you know that only the best ingredients have been used. […]

Barn Owl Nest Box Installed

Barn owl nest box braced into tree

I got a hand crafted Barn Owl nest box from my brother for Christmas and it has sat there waiting for the right opportunity to be fitted. Today was the day. In order to fit the electric lights in the roof of the new shed we needed to hire an access platform as it really […]

Pond Invertebrate Survey May 2019

A sample included a newt

A Bank Holiday Monday provided the time for Helen, her mum Pam and Millie the dog to visit with all the kit to survey our ponds. With five ponds to survey it isn’t a quick job but as the weather was kind to us, it made for an enjoyable and interesting afternoon. The real time […]

Preparing another ‘sole use’ dog field

Clearing a path through coppice

The bee hives have been moved so it was out with the loppers and secateurs this morning, clearing overhanging brambles and branches to create new paths through the trees. It’s a small field, fully fenced and stocked with a crop of short rotation coppice (mainly alder and sycamore) with some clearings all of which is […]

Growing Firewood – Year six update

Growing Firewood - Eucalyptus Gunni - five years of growth

We originally chose a six year trial for hybrid willow to test the claims made by retailers of the willow for firewood production. Not a particularly scientific approach but, hopefully, it might be useful to share the findings: Hybrid WillowThese were established willow stools which had been previously cut annually to provide more plants. Bred […]