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Living Larders : WEEDS ! wanted – natives, perennials, bulbs, herbs

 ! WANTED !  .. “Weeds” 

For naturalising in newly planted copses

We planted over 1000 young trees this winter in different copses across our small farm (Kintaline) to increase habitat and want to underplant with perennials, bulbs, herbs, garden species and native to help encourage more wildlife. They can be vigorous as we have space and sheep to control the spread ! We have wet, dry, and in between conditions, sun, shade. So if you are “weeding” out ANYTHING please let get in touch Jill : 720223  Kintaline farm@kintaline.co.uk   (happy to pay or receive donations)

 

Oban Food Assembly opens 17th May

Oban Food Assembly

We are delighted to be part of the new Oban Food Assembly with produce from our small farm : free range eggs, Jacob Mutton .. and who knows what else ? 

This is a very exciting new project, thanks to all who have been working so hard behind the scenes to make it work. 

If you want to shop local – sign up to the Food Assembly, do your shopping online from all the producers … click, pay in one shopping cart, then come to Rockfield Centre, Oban, to collect your great local produce.  https://thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/9358

 

Jacob Sheep : venerable old ladies

Our Jacob sheep are very special to us, and spend a long long time with us. These ladies now have no teeth, and in their own paddock so can have a little special feed every day, and are doing extremely well. They have given us many twins and triplet lambs between them, and deserve their retirement. They are certainly not shy ! and their fleeces are still beautiful quality. 

Knepp Estate – rewilding & farming in the UK

The revolutionary project in rewilding a large area of farmland at Knepp Castle estate in the south of England is now 17 years old, and is showing remarkable results in wildlife regeneration as well as livestock productivity – check out this article in the Daily Mail to learn details.   and the Knepp website . 

This is a 3500 acre estate but with smaller areas of land we can emulate their results we hope, a bit more managed, and with lower aspirations maybe, but, as we increase our diversity of species and habitat on our small 24 acres, we look forward to new wildlife. And as the way we manage our livestock within this changes to improving even further the wonderful meat, eggs, and other produce from our holding to keep us sustainable and create a legacy for future generations. 

(new book coming out:  Wilding: The Return Of Nature To A British Farm by Isabella Tree, published by Picador on May 3)

Oban Food Assembly : producers and customers

An exciting conversation today with the organisers of the upcoming Oban Food Assembly as a producer ourselves (and our past experience running local community markets) 

Anyone who is serious about local food please sign up as potential customers to the Food Assembly. There are folk who are working hard to bring this about in Oban .. as a weekly food event. If you register, you can sign into the existing markets like Stirling, and get a feel for how it works.
And more importantly you will show those who are beetling in the background that there is support for their efforts.
The aim is to start in May
All the “shopping” will be online, and then you collect once a week in town.
https://thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/9358

wild, native, herb, perennial Plants wanted ! . anyone clearing out? a welcome home here

This winter we are planting out 9 copses with young native trees, but there will be plenty of space to underplant, there are also several ponds being created.
We would love to add more native plants / seeds / pollinators / herbs / perennials / scrub to increase the diversity, increase the flowering seasons, to improve the habitats for insects and other small animals.
If anyone is clearing out plants that have taken over, or you have a building project where they are in the way, they would have a very welcome home here.

We have wet, dry, sandy, boggy, north, south, shade, light 🙂 

Bulbs

  • bluebells
  • ransoms / wild garlic
  • snowdrops
  • crocus
  • anemone
  • camassia
  • others ..

Pond plants

  • Bulrush
  • Teasel 
  • Primula candalabra
  • Watercress
    Perennials – native, herbs, flowers, pollinators

  • Geranium
  • Marshmallow
  • Hollyhock
  • Rattle
  • Devils bit scabious
    trees

  • Natives for future planting
    shrubs for flowers, shelter, 

  • Geranium

Fresh Mutton from the End of February

We are sending some of our Jacob boys away to Mull in a months time, where they will hang for at least 10 days before being expertly butchered and coming home around the end of February.

They were all born here, and raised with us for the last 30 months. 

There will be some joints, but also lots of chops and the best of all is the mince. It makes fantastic pasta sauces, the best shepherds pies and yummiest chilli. The diced mutton lifts stews to new heights, perfect for our winter weather and makes amazing pies. 

We will be freezing plenty so there will be supplies in coming months too. 

If you are interested in pre – ordering to get it fresh as it arrives please get in touch. 

Tree Planting Parties

Tree Planting Parties :

  • TOMORROW!! (yeah, I know its no notice at all but there are good reasons!!) and the weather looks FAB !
  • 29th December
  • FIRST !! of January ..

We have several lovely small copse areas to plant, great soils, with a range of native tree species, as well as some food trees for US and fodder shrubs for our sheep.
There is also some bulbs and planting for the insects and make the areas even more beautiful in the future.
Thanks to the The Woodland Trust we have some great young trees waiting to go in and all the protective covers for them all.
PLEASE let me know if you want to come so I know about food .. or you will go hungry and we do not want that !!
We have some tools but if you have a spade / gloves that would be really useful.