Another blossom in full bloom.. so important to have flowers all year around, for our insects, this is especially important for the native mason bees. With the weather getting milder, it’s wonderful to know there is a ready source of food for early emergents. #flowersofinstagram #shrubsofinstagram #pieris #pollinators #masonbees #beesofinstagram #farmingwithnature #naturefriendlyfarming #kintaline
Losing a loved one is the saddest time, and remembering those who have passed before. A natural, local, home grown, long lasting wreath lovingly hand made is a beautiful tribute. Seasonal blooms or personal flowers can be incorporated. Local delivery available.
Funeral and memorial wreaths : handmade to order : a zero carbon all natural way to remember loved ones at the saddest times. Multiple species harvested from our own land, changing seasonally. Including Rosemary for remembrance. Personal flowers can be incorporated. Message / email for details
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 !!
sourced from the Woodland Trust’s Nature Detectives resource this is a wonderful chart to ID trees in the winter.
Really chuffed to say we have at least one of each and every one of these here at Kintaline
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.
Fruits on dark blue background 30 x 30 cm beeswax wrap £7 + P&P
Apricot Dragonflies 30 x 30 cm bees wax wrap £7 + P&P
Cream burgundy green flowers beeswax wraps (small/medium) £6 + P&P
Green floral design on cream background small/medium beeswax wrap £6 + P&P
Bold apricot green peach flower pattern beeswax wrap 30 x 30 cm £7 + P&P
Geometric blue pink white beeswax medium wrap 30 x 30 cm £7 + P&P
Fawn grey white flowers beeswax wrap £7 + P&P
Blue white flowers medium beeswax small/medium wrap £7 + P&P
Brown birds foliage beeswax wrap £7 + P&P
Birds foliage green background beeswax wrap £7 + P&P
30p per rod (for pick up or plus postage) Salix hybrids
35p per rod (for pick up or plus postage) Balm of Gilead / Balsam Poplar
40p per rod (for pick up or plus postage) Salix udensis
50p per rod (for pick up or plus postage)
Salix Udensis is a lovely shrubby vigorous willow, with very early catkins (already opening in Jan in Argyll) so one of the best for early bees in mild spring days, its branching and covered in soft strappy leaves that our sheep love, cut and come again all year, so really good for a fenceline hedgerow where the stock can help themselves from one side, and we can make tree hay from the other. It does not get very tall and thrives on being cut back.
Salix Udensis .. a branching vigorous shrubby willow with lots of fine leaves, one of the earliest to bud and provide vital food for the bees and other pollinators that are out in the mild winter weather.
Basket willow Red Flanders, one of several basket varieties we have - including Tri Norfolk, Brittany Green, Packing Twine,
Manx Loughton grazing on goat willow - browse fodder is such nutritious feed for our livestock
Native Goat willow that was pollarded so we have some lovely whips to create cuttings for your new planting
These were about 10 years old .. made up firewood, kindling, chipping mulch after the sheep had had a good munch. There are poles, posts, and dead hedging materials too
Goat willow is very happy to be coppiced .. and this is only some weeks after .. Useful for small firewood, fodder and highly valuable for wildlife in between .. grow lots and coppice in rotation to benefit all
Balsam poplar that we left to grow and grow .. now being managed more regularly .. hoping to get this out and around the farm this winter .. the massive leaves and rapid growth will be so useful in so many ways.
Balm of Gilead, Balsam Poplar buds from timber that was cut down. These are wonderfully aromatic as they open and have interesting herbal benefits.
Balsam Poplar allowed to do their own things for a decade or so.
Creating a Living Larder : Food, Fibre & Fuel from a few acres in North Argyll