Balsam of Gilead / Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera)) slips will also be available in the late winter.. please get in touch to order.
This is a wonderful fast growing, really leafy tree.
The scent as the buds break mean you really need to have this somewhere you walk by, but also the leaves are gorgeous as they waft in the wind from a distance.
It propagates from suckers, and is wonderfully prolific for tree hay, mulching, chipping, light firewood etc.
Crop from Balsam Poplar
– leaves and branches for tree hay
– pollinator / bee tree
– light firewood
– make more plants
– breaking buds for infusion
– highly aromatic
It is also renowned for healing properties, especially in the buds, which are harvested just before they open up.
The buds as they begin to break are reputedly highly potent when infused in oil and made into an ointment. They are wonderfully aromatic, and as they break the bees are highly attracted.
If you are interested in getting some young trees, fruit or herbs taking advantage of much lower than retail prices please get in touch. We are putting in an order to several of our wholesale companies for our own planting and growing, and would be happy to combine orders for all our benefits. Prices will depend on numbers, but will be a lot less than retail.
We are not starting up the plant centre again, these will not be potted on, will need to be collected as they arrived, but we are happy to share the benefit of working together, combining our getting discounts from buying in numbers.
Trees from root-trainers : subject to availability when order placed – Prices will vary but most will be less than £2 per sapling.
American Red Oak
Common Crab Apple
Dark leaved willow
English Oak (native)
English Oak (selected)
Sessile Oak (selected)
Sessile Oak (native)
Wild Service Tree
Lodgepole Pine (ALP Qual)
N. Spruce (Xmas Tree)
Pacific Silver Fir
The Secrets of REMIN volcanic rock dust – Jennifer Brodie
Scotland’s ancient volcanic rock, 360 millions year old ancient, can it really benefit our soils, our plants, our environment, our health and our climate? Come along and hear how many of these secrets Jennifer has managed to uncover both by using it herself and marketing and selling it around the world. As well as giving the background and sharing many of the results she has witnessed, Jennifer will provide a good run down on how to make the best use of REMIN volcanic rock dust during 2019 and beyond
Victory Hall, Benderloch : 7 pm
Jennifer is taking a diversion on her way home to give us this talk.
THIS TALK IS FREE, and open to all.
Please fill in the form below to book your place (or email farmATkintaline.co.uk / phone 01631 720223) so we know numbers, thank you.
What courses, workshops and talks would you like to learn at Kintaline in 2019?
We are working on organising the following topics included in the form below .. if you have any other ideas, please shout, if we cannot host them we might well be able to find someone who can and pass on the suggestions to them.
If you would like to arrange a walk around the farm to learn how we have got here, what we are doing and why, please just ask.
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Loving these new Zero-Waste Beeswax Food Wraps, such fun to make, and great way to reduce our plastic use.
Unique designs using recycled fabrics, so some designs will be one offs, and limited supplies of each.
Looking forward to adding new designs as I explore different sources.
If you have 100% cotton fabric that complements your kitchen colours that you would like to be made into wraps, or buy any of these sets, please get in touch.
Zero waste alternative to cling wrap, a clean way to Wrap food; make pouches; cover dishes
Unique designs using Recycled fabrics
100% cotton, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Tea Tree oil
Hand Made In Benderloch
LOVE YOUR WRAP : Ecofriendly food storage solution
The warmth of your hand will mould it to shape,
And the cold of the fridge makes it more solid
Perfect for snacks, lunches, bowls, covering food
Wash with cold water
Not suitable for machine washing or microwave
Not for use with raw meat.
Lasts for months then fully compostable : Large cloth that you can cut into the sizes you need
Any beeswax aroma and residue will dissipate with use.
Refresh by warming in a oven on a metal tray for a few minutes
Spent the morning chipping elderberry & alder brash on to young hedgerow planting .. good for them, but so much more :- – pruning the elder has regenerated it so it will crop better in the coming years, giving us elderflowers and elderberries to make yummy things of and valuable for pollinators and wild birds. – our sheep browsed on the brash in the summer raising their nutrition. – the larger parts are great kindling – some will be poles – the chippings will protect the saplings from competition – they will also boost the mychorrhizal activity in the soil – they will directly feed the soil – kept me warm #livinglarders#permaculture#woodland#hedgerow So many benefits from a simple job .. and giving thanks for being able to do this as I recover from Fibromyalgia, being outside regenerating our small patch of land is a big part of that recovery. (into Oban in the afternoon with Food Hub sales.. and a good raid around charity shops . .. and a Score of a couple of Jacob Sheep teatowels & some beekeeper journals for homework .. fancy that !)
A lovely day, from sunrise to sunset .. Very little soil is dug here these days, but there is satisfaction in preparing beds for taking cuttings for making more baby trees this month, along with setting other old weedy beds up for later in the year. Juicy worms were rehomed carefully:) More Living Larders to be given life.. 🌳🌿🌞🐝🐔 And giving thanks for the slow recovery from fibromyalgia that allows me to be outside working in the sun. Birds are sunbathing too.
Our wild bird population is very healthy .. we do not feed all year, but these flower basket seed/fat ball feeders are really popular when they come out.. and the starlings are here in numbers. Noisy, active acrobats, Fortunately there is plenty to go around and they move on to let the other birds take their turn.
Creating a Living Larder : Food, Fibre & Fuel from a few acres in North Argyll