Category Archives: permaculture

Volunteers

We no longer host working holidays or vet students sadly. My fibromyalgia means that I cannot give what is needed to give folks a good welcome and a full learning experience.
It is important that people who gave their time to help us, also got a lot back in the way of hospitality, and experience. This is mostly a wonderful symbiotic relationship, but it IS hard work for both sides. Hosts need hard work on the holding, and “teaching” all the time is inspiring but draining.

If anyone locally would like to join in here for the odd afternoon to get some fresh air, to understand more of what we are doing, and to make a positive difference to the Living Larders we are creating.. we have lots going on that would benefit from more man / woman power.

  • mulching saplings in our 7 copses 
  • weeding around saplings 
  • chipping prunings to mulch and to compost 
  • cropping and dropping in food forest areas 
  • mowing to create mulches 
  • fencing for new hedgerow and copses 
  • planting .. planting .. planting .. lots of perennials  and herbs to plant
  • taking cuttings through the season for more hedgerows and trees and food plants
  • dividing up established perennial to spread the love to new areas to increase the diversity, more pollinators and groundcover.

Feeding poultry without grains

A challenge for the coming years is finding ways to effectively produce feed for our poultry that cuts out the use of grains.. especially imported grains. 
With a variety of species to feed and wanting better nutrition for them and us, as well as reducing the carbon footprint of the whole food cycle of the farm, any useful passive & energy effective ways to produce it are being researched and investigated. 

So far its identifying ingredients, that can be produced on farm (in Argyll climate!!), and then in sufficient quantities.
It may be impossible but as an exercise in exploring ideas, production and nutrition it will be very worthwhile.

Aim :
Ration that is at least 16% protein.
Micronutrients

Possible ingredients
Mealworms : 20% protein, require daily attention, warmth, feed live ir dry and grind ?

Azolla : waterweed : cultivating on ponds, (protecting from ducks!) harvesting, drying (polytunnels?), grinding up, storing
This is a native water plant, that could really be useful : high in protein, minerals, nitrogen fixer, palatable to a variety of species, and grows well on ponds .. we have some and digging more . 
https://www.milkwood.net/2012/08/06/azolla-water-fern-as-protein-rich-animal-feed/

Seaweed: harvesting from CLEAN shorelines, drying, grinding up, storing,

Compost / hen piles- often promoted by Permaculture gurus, but I don’t lije birds confined, I really don’t like birds on fresh /decaying foods, its illegal to feed kitchen waste to birds in thr UK, and my birds need better than just being an intensive cog the the production wheel.

Rockdust .. Micronutrients

Nettles

Docken seeds

Comfrey

Aramanth

Grass and alfalfa nuts .. will these soak, or getting a powder maybe ? 

Crops – we cannot grow lucerne .. at least it is unlikely but maybe try some to see .. We do not want to be feeding grains if possible for personal health needs. 

Alternative bagged feeds : Flaked peas – but how much glyphosate ? 

…. much more to add…

Chickens generally eat 120gr layer pellets a day :
16% protein
How do we replace this

Soils, Compost and Lasagna bed workshop September 9-10 2017

Ludwig Appeltans, Earth Ways, will be leading a permaculture weekend workshop at Kintaline Farm, Benderloch
September 9 – 10 2017

Topic for this course is : Soils, Compost and making Lasagna beds (sheet mulching)

  • Learning about growing food inevitably starts with building soil.
  • Come and learn how to create a soil abundant in life with a rich variety of nutrients.
  • Help your plants to be healthy and nutrient dense.
  • Discover how a good soil helps your plants to be disease and pest resistant and how a good soil helps to prevent unwanted weeds.
  • The workshop includes a hands-on session on building a lasagna bed: From lawn to veg bed in no-time.  workshop will be in a polytunnel to protect us from the weather.

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Permaculture Workshop Weekends

After our most successful recent Forest Garden weekend we would like to host more, and Ludwig is willing !!

What would you like, and when ?
Permaculture Workshop Weekends

Mid May – End June 2017
Led by Ludwig Appeltans, Earth-ways
hosted by Kintaline Farm, Benderloch, Argyll PA37 1QS

Ludwig Appeltans, of Earth-Ways, has a variety of courses to share with us.
Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7QH339C to identify the ones you are most interested in, AND THE DATES you can do – (this includes a repeat of the Forest Gardening weekend we have just had for all those who were unable to join us; as well as Sheet Mulching, Soils, Composting, Plant / Weed identification, Intros to Permaculture, to Design, to Community Gardens, as well as a 6 weekend Design Course.
There is also an option for a Herbal Workshop with Clare Holohan, to learn more of our natural species, and then understand more how to convert them into useful concoctions.

Forest gardening is a clever way to design a beautiful garden with the highest yields possible while requiring very little work. This is achieved by allowing the ecosystem to take care of the fertility, pestcontrol, digging and weeding.
The main human tasks are to harvest and enjoy the beauty.
This is possible because forest gardens are designed along the principles of how a natural forest thrives without much human intervention.

Permaculture is more complex involving the three main ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share .. and then there are layers of understanding to learn to reconnect ourselves with our environment, our communities, our productivity, and our sustainability.

PLEASE please feel very free to forward this information to anyone you think might be interested.
The costs will run on a sliding scale to enable and support all who want to join, while respecting the experience and work involved in leading and hosting the workshop.

Forest Gardening Workshop Weekend 8-9 April 2017

Introduction to Forest Gardening Workshop Weekend
8-9 April 2017     ~  10 – 4 : Kintaline Farm. Benderloch, Argyll

Forest gardening is a clever way to design a beautiful garden with the highest yields possible while requiring very little work. This is achieved by allowing the ecosystem to take care of the fertility, pestcontrol, digging and weeding. The main human tasks are to harvest and enjoy the beauty.

This is possible because forest gardens are designed along the principles of how a natural forest thrives without much human intervention.

Does this sound interesting enough to check it out?

Ludwig Appeltans from Earth Ways, will lead us in to a Forest Garden workshop where we learn how Forest Gardens are and the basics of how to design your own.

This workshop is open to all – whether you have somewhere to work on, or still dreaming of a future project.

At Kintaline we are very much in our very first stages, adapting what is here towards a more productive but low input system that will sustain us as we get older.

The costs will run on a sliding scale to enable and support all who want to join, while respecting the experience and work involved in leading and hosting the workshop.

First fit, Mark 1, Insect palace

insect palace mark one, pallets, tiles, homes for bugsFirst stage in the build creating homes for bugs, winter shelter, bird bath, insect feeding point.
A great way to use up pallets, old tiles, broken crocks, hollow stemmed weeds, straw, cones, rolled up feed bags, old roofing, left over pond liner.
Now to hope we get more than slugs and wasp nests !!

Creating a Lasagne bed

in theory – this is a one time make to create a no dig productive growing bed . using a variety of materials to create deep beds of new soils.
The prospective layers are something like these .. starting at the top layer working down to the existing soil layer.
TOP – ready to plant in
(the newspaper layer is only 3 sheets thick, bags need to be separated)

  • somewhat untidy tunnel going into the autumn 2015 - the best bit is the small lasagne bed beyond the wheelbarrow created in March this year.

* cover with feedbags if not using immediately ??
* shreddings / straw or haylage on the top
* compost to plant into
* **new leaves**
* rockdust
* comfrey water
* newspaper / feed bags split
* **old grass clippings**
* wood ash
* comfrey water
* newspaper / feed bags split
* **old leaves**
* rockdust
* comfrey water
* newspaper / feed bags split
* **wool**
* wood ash
* comfrey water
* newspaper / feed bags split
* **slashed leaves ? – dockens / rashes / crocosmia etc**
* rockdust
* comfrey water
* newspaper / feed bags split
* **shredded bracken**
.mixed iwth new ones, a place to put the beech leaves ??
* wood ash
* comfrey water
* newspaper / feed bags split
* **seaweed**
* rockdust
* comfrey water
* newspaper / feed bags split
* **paper shreddings**
* wood ash
* comfrey water
* newspaper / feed bags split
* **coffee**
* rockdust
* comfrey water
* newspaper / feed bags split
* **straw and muck from the byre** – this is where you get DEPTH – the muck can be anything from 3 – 12 months old
* rockdust & wood ash to get the base layers as well nourished as possible
* comfrey water
* –newspaper / feed bags split– packing paper
* **seaweed**
* rockdust & woodash to get the base layers as well nourished as possible
* comfrey water
* –newspaper / feed bags split– Packing paper
* **used old leaves** all the worms etc will lurve them.
* **seaweed**
* rockdust & woodash to get the base layers as well nourished as possible
* comfrey water
* –newspaper / feed bags split– Packing paper
* **compost** at least 2 inches all over
* cardboard or feed bags on the bottom