Storm Brendan might still be howling around having kept us all awake all night but looking forward to the coming growing season makes everything worth while. This “half tunnel” was made up using old tunnel hoops against a building to create an easy working space. The tables are sand covered in thick coffee that worms love but slugs don’t! It could be tidier !! and all our equipment is very ancient .. root trainers are wonderful for the broad beans and early peas and these are at least 20 years old !!
First Gorse flowers of the year .. spring is coming, the whin flowers return.
#gorse #springflowers #turningoftheyear #permaculture
What do we have around for any bees out in the increasingly mild month of January?
So far it’s been really wet here on the west, but very little snow around us.
In between the showers there are likely to be winter insects, even bees, out and about.
What do we have flowering for them?
Mahonia, Gorse, Ivy, Periwinkle, Hellebores, Snowdrops
There is strong growth on the other early bulbs, and plans to take lots of cuttings so that the Mahonia can be spread into hedge rows across the farm. The flowers and berries are edible too.
Love giving old fabrics a new purpose : .
Each of these are 100% cotton and can be used many many times before they can be put on the compost heap.
The common sizes are 30 x 30 for £7 : 25 x 25 for £5 :
Mostly they are a variety of sizes, some designs in a mix of sizes, and some only one size that make the best use of the design or the cloth.
Some of these are available into the Made In Argyll shop in Oban on the pier. They are also available direct from the farm, including mail order. There is a paypal button beside each pattern. I will refund excess postage for multiple purchases.
Make 2020 the year we ditch the single use plastic, care for our planet, and these are such a lovely way to take a simple step.
Wreaths for sale for the festive season 2019 from the farm
hand made using home grown conifers, eucalyptus, holly, and other foliage from the farm on a 12 inch frame decorated ready to adorn your festive door, or remember your loved one
Soils are one of the most powerful carbon capture mechanisms .. and there are so many ways we want to learn to do more.
We have joined the Make Soil Compost Waste collection point network.. click on the logo to see our map entry
MakeSoil is an online platform powering a global movement to make soil together on a planet-saving scale. Redefining composting as making soil, Soil Makers can easily and safely post their Soil Sites to our online map, and invite their neighbours and friends to contribute their food and yard scraps. Anyone, anywhere in the world, can use MakeSoil to find Soil Makers near them or start a Soil Site themselves. Together, we can reduce food waste, restore nutrients to our food, capture carbon in the ground, and beautify our neighborhoods.
Fleeces for sale 2019
Creating Living Larders that can happen on a micro community level as well as on commercial agriculture / estate level will change our food ecosystems as well as creating massive carbon sequestration.