All around the holding….

So….. deep breath and here goes…..

Back at the end of April…. the Polytunnel finally had its skin put on!!

We almost immediately started planting and moving some of the seed across that we had started in the house off into the tunnel….

Spring finally arrived after the seemingly relentless winter!!

The small boy found more vehicles to sit on and press all the buttons….

The fruit cage planting was finished and now it’s just a case of weeding, watering, mowing and mulching at regular intervals…

The chicks, born on the first of March, got new digs and moved in!!

With the advent of spring the endless grass and weed management begins!! We are fortunate in that we have been gifted a field and brush mower in previous years and that mower chimps through long grass, brambles, weeds etc like they are butter!! And then to get the lawn effect in certain areas I am using the little old electric mower from the old town house!! (I am going to start saving for a normal Petrol lawnmower just so I don’t have to run an extension lead out each time!

Look at the little faces!!! Grandad bought the boys a new toy!!! Look!!!! It’s a fabulous tractor!!!!

There is a plethora of blossom in our orchard!! So we are hoping for plenty of apples this year!!!

The one and only flower bed needs a darn good weeding and I need to start making more flower beds and tackling the weeds on the banks cutting them right back and digging out where I can so I can start designing and planting garden areas!! I harbour a small dream that one day our garden will become one of the yellow book gardens that open for the national gardens scheme!!

I have planted some more willow whips and have more rooting!! I am making a willow tunnel, a willow teepee and I plan to maybe try a few more willow structures around the place! I am using a combination of osier willow and basketry willow so eventually as well as winter colour the structures and other willows will become another saleable crop in both cut willow and baskets or willow creations!!

Can you spot them?! Clue- they are yellow basketry ones here!!

The Polytunnel has started to green up slowly!! We have a multitude of different vegetables starting to grow!!!

And James has been out practising using a topper attached to his tractor to cut the grass!! We have now also been out to see a topper for sale nearby and James’ offer was accepted… we have trailer to borrow and now are awaiting a collection date!!! Exciting!!!

Finally James has had opportunity to start the raised bed walls!! So we will have even more growing space for our vegetables!! (Lucky as we have loads in seed trays starting to need to be planted out!! And we have more seeds to sow for more autumnal and winter crops!!)

Phew!! Lots of work!! Lots of plans and always loads more to do!!!

Burning the Brash piles and mowing the steep steep orchard and fields!!

The first weekend of half term was spent starting to mow the fields and finally getting rid of brash piles that have been the bane of our fire lighting lives all winter!!! We seem to have cracked the fire lighting now though thanks to a lot of newspaper, breaking the piles down a bit and a flame thrower thingummy Bob that means we can light the paper more centrally to the brash heaps!! 

   
  

And the mowing …. Wow that was hard work but we mowed the fields in three days!!!! Far shorter than the weeks of weed and bramble hacking we did last year!!! Upkeep is definitely quicker!!!!

      

And all of our 46 trees have taken!!!!!!!

Whilst digging out all the brash from the weeds James also discovered another skull….. So here is what wooly beasts (sheep) look like on the inside!!

 

Tree planting!

Finally not a post about us destroying stuff, hacking something back or levelling something!!! Something productive…. Or it will be when they grow!!!





46 fruit trees planted staked and thanks to the rain watered in!!!! Planted in the lea of the hill to shelter them a little and up enough out of the frost pocket I hope!!!

So apples, plums, damsons, pears of all sorts of types!!! Mmmmmmm can’t wait to see them in leaf and blossom!!!

More bramble destruction to start the new year

I have been hedge cuttering my way round the brambles in new orchard field and have now completed the first chop of the brambles in what will be our orchard….. And it’s HUGE!!!! We decided I must have cut about ten time a the size of our home garden in bramble patch!!!

Before…..

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A bit of during

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And…… Drum roll please….. After!!!

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Giant field!!! With orchard, willow and hazel growing opportunities in its future!!!! Hurrah!!!!

More bramble destruction!

Whilst James played with the beast!!! I hacked down some more chunks of the bramble patches along the pipe stream bank and into the woodland!!! Got a big chunk done too not that it shows from the top of the hill, because it went down the side and around the back of the colossal patch to allow the beast to be able to travel through the patch and then turn and complete the bramble munching!!

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Found another sheep skull too!! Maybe it’s the puma!!! Lol!!

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