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
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.
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
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