We planted the 500 cm lengths of Bowles Hybrid willow back in December 2011 for a couple of reasons. Firstly to hide the very ugly farm buildings just behind our home, and also as a biomass crop to keep us self-sufficient in wood for heating in later years.
The willow around the farm buildings grew at a tremendous rate, we were really impressed, reaching over 2.5 meters in their first year! The willow in the field did less well. Mainly because we didn’t keep the grass around the small stems down. We think the root competition combined with the grass shading out the young plants were the main causes.Now we have a lot of willow cuttings. We are going to use them in several ways;
- to fill in any gaps where the original willow failed to take,
- to extend our biomass plot,
- to make a rooting hormone liquid,
- to experiment with making artists charcoal, and if I have time
- to practice basketry making with.
Nice! Don’t you just love willow!