the last couple of weeks have been all go on the farm!
It can seem like you have forever to do winter jobs but all of a sudden time starts to fly and the new spring season fast approaches!
(Not that i mind at all, i'll be really glad of some warmth!! :-); This winter has been so cold in the house, I'm seemingly getting a bit old for no heating!, and i'll be glad for the time when i can take my coat off when i'm inside again! :-)...)
We've been busy weeding the veg plot, (this is one job that you may find i continue to mention every time i write an update as, as every gardener knows, it is never completed! :-))
...and cutting down some of the willow ready for the first deliveries of willow cuttings that are going out to as far away as Orkney to start their new lifes.
It's amazing when you stop and think about the life of the willow plants. Originally they were bought in as cuttings from Yorkshire (where they would have originally been bought in as cuttings from somewhere else!) they then are planted here, get cut down, re grow and are cut again and again, and each time the rods are cut into foot long cuttings which then travel to their new homes, in order to grow, and be cut down, and passed on again! :-) The willow family tree would be a great one to trace! :-) x
You can see some photos of the different willows wegrow we on the slideshow above. Much of the willow we cut this year will either be replanted on the farm as we are extending ourwillow areas, or dried and used for weaving. We'll be holding a willow weaving course during the summer months were you will be able to make your own basket :-)
last week saw me sowing the first seeds of the season, I've sown early lettuces for the veg plot as well as a variety of flower seeds for the new 'living garden centre'.
This will be open to the public for viewing and sales. The idea is that, a bit like in times prior to the plastic pot, the plants will be growing in the ground rather than in pots and will be available to buy, with plants being dug up during the dormant season.
This is a much more 'eco' way of having a garden centre/nursery as the plants will not need daily watering which is the case when they are kept in pots in garden centres. They will not need artificial feeding and can be grown totally organically (most composts used for pots run out of nutrients within a few weeks leading to garden centres either having to feed them with plant foods or discard them as a waste product.)
And in addition to the above, the plants, unhindered by the confines of a plastic pot, will be able to grow into big healthy and happy plants! :-) win win win! :-) xxxx! x....so excited about this project! :-)
This week i have come across two requests to help out with crowd funding community projects whic i would love to share with you. For those of you that haven't come across crowd funding before it is when community groups/projects ask for financial backing to help them to set their dreams in motion. Both projects are very different, very similar and literally miles apart (!!!)
The first one is to help save the old lock up studio in Cromford, watch the video below to hear all about this wonderful project and how you can help...for as little as £10!...and you get a tshirt!, and if you pledge £20 you get a free art course for a child - brilliant :-):-)
to support this fantastic project please visit:
to donate and support this project please visit:
now to sow some seeds; tomatoes, peppers and broad beans....it's a fruit day on the biodynamic planting calender :-) xxxx
my very best wishes and have a wonderful week :-)