- The planning team have okayed our plans to put up a polytunnel and we don’t need to apply for planning permission (complicated planning system rules).
- We have many new workers on the farm – meet the forest garden team here!
- At the last count we’ve successfully germinated over 6,000 trees. We are looking forward to planting them out later in the year.
- Our veggie patch is looking good for its first year. We had to harvest the potatoes early because of blight, but some neighbours didn’t get a potato harvest at all. Surprisingly (given the lack of early slug patrols) we have had home-grown organic salads most days.
- All three baby swallows have grown up and successfully left their nest.
- Many friends have visited which has been wonderful.
- I’ve pretty much mastered baking vegan Chocolate and Chai latte cupcakes
- Morland has had two bouts of being broody, we may need to think seriously about getting her some fertilised eggs to sit on …
- On a rare day off we went dolphin watching in New Quay – wonderful!
- Oh and, Craig has been on a scything course, bought and Austrian Scythe and been practising by cutting hay on our fields.
Our latest encounter with the swallows is in the summer house. We have a pair of nesting birds in the eaves of the porch. They (or one of them) is sitting regularly in the nest, we think they have eggs. We can watch this space from the inside through the window, so will not disturbed the family. It’s our very own Springwatch! I wonder what we’ll catch on camera.
Watch this space! Video footage shot, just need to find the right wires to connect it up to the computer … This may take longer than hoped …
We’ve been sowing up literally thousands of different tree seeds; many different types of betula sp. and alnus sp. along with other nitrogren-fixing trees like lupinus arboresus and caragana arborescens, and some crazy experiments just to see what happens like pinus pinea (although perhaps with climate change not so crazy?).To my great surprise and delight many of the seeds are starting to germinate already. So along with all the sowing we have been pricking out and potting on too. With any luck we will be ready to plant a lot of these young trees this autumn.
Thankfully we have had some glorious weather (in between the rain showers) and I have a (face and hands – it’s not that warm yet!) suntan already! One thing is for sure, I LOVE planting trees