Balm of Gilead tree

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.
It is also renowned for healing properties, especially in the buds, which are harvested just before they open up. 

 

https://www.friendsofthewildflowergarden.org/pages/plants/balmofgilead.html

Trees / Fruit / Herbs – local orders

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. 

Deciduous
American Red Oak
Aspen
Bay Willow
Beech
Bird Cherry
Black Walnut
Common Alder
Common Crab Apple
Common Osier
Creeping Willow
Dark leaved willow
Downy Willow
Dwarf birch
English Oak (native)
English Oak (selected)
Evergreen Oak
Goat Willow
Green Alder
Grey Alder
Hazel
Holly
Hornbeam
Horse Chestnut
Italian Alder
Red Alder
Sessile Oak (selected)
Sessile Oak (native)
Sycamore
Walnut
White Willow
Wild Cherry
Wild Pear
Wild Service Tree
Conifers
Atlas Cedar
Blue Spruce
Caucasian Fir
Common Juniper
European Larch
Fraser Fir
Hybrid Larch
Japanese Cedar
Lawson Cypress
Lodgepole Pine (ALP Qual)
Macedonian Pine
N. Spruce (Xmas Tree)
Noble Fir
Norway Spruce
Pacific Silver Fir
Serbian Spruce
Silver Fir
Western Hemlock
Yew
Shrubs
Berberis darwinii
Berberis gagnepainii
Bilberry
Blackthorn
Buddleia
Cherry Plum
Common Broom
Common Heather
Cotoneaster franchettii
Cotoneaster lacteus
Dogwood
Elder
Oregon Grape
Purging Buckthorn
Sea Buckthorn
Snowy Mespilus
Spindle
Wild Privet
Wintergreen Barberry

Workshops and courses at Kintaline 2019

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. 

please get in touch to be added to our mailing list 

We will give you advanced notice of the workshops, courses and talks organised in 2019
Please indicate which of these courses, talks, workshops you are interested in. This is not a formal booking but will allow us to understand which people are most interested in. We can then get in touch when events have been organised for you.

 

Reuseable Beeswax Food wraps

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.


2 Beeswax wraps in 100% cotton, beeswax, coconut oil, tea tree oil. 24.5x27cm and 30x26cm each one lovingly hand made from recycled fabrics.

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

2 Beeswax wraps in 100% cotton, beeswax, coconut oil, tea tree oil. 25.5x20cm and 25.5x27cm each one lovingly hand made from recycled fabrics.

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

2 Beeswax wraps in 100% cotton, beeswax, coconut oil, tea tree oil. 24x29cm and 25.5x27cm each one lovingly hand made from recycled fabrics.

Cutting your wrap into the sections you need, to cover bowls, mugs, wrap cheese, fruit, make a pocket
Cutting your wrap into the sections you need, to cover bowls, mugs, wrap cheese, fruit, make a pocket
Cutting your wrap into the sections you need, to cover bowls, mugs, wrap cheese, fruit, make a pocket
Cutting your wrap into the sections you need, to cover bowls, mugs, wrap cheese, fruit, make a pocket
Cutting your wrap into the sections you need, to cover bowls, mugs, wrap cheese, fruit, make a pocket
Cutting your wrap into the sections you need, to cover bowls, mugs, wrap cheese, fruit, make a pocket

 

Chipping is more than just Mulch

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 !)

chipping, mulching, hedgerow, living larders

Digging .. a rare sight

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.

Bird fest

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.