Sunday, 18 February 2018

February 2018 update 2

The pond we cleared of tall grasses and overgrown lily pads in January now has lovely clear water, but no sign of Frogs yet, hopefully next month we will see frog spawn.
 Jo dug over this raised bed and I added some used mushroom compost. We will use this bed for some salad crops. 

We will need to re-do the Asparagus bed aswell as its full of Ground Elder & other persistant weeds! 
So that horse manure I collected will be useful

If you remember last time this patch was full of dried weeds etc. Ready to burn......
......Well I managed to burn the lot today, on a clear patch of ground so there was no chance of harming any sleeping Hedgehogs, I didn't find any though.
So not a bad 3 hours of work done today, it was almost warm too.
We did stop for a cuppa & cake at lunchtime.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

February 2018 update

 Well its been a very cold, wet and windy start to 2018.

So we haven't been down much, except to dig up some spuds left in the ground and to top up the compost bins with kitchen veg waste and chicken waste from the hen house.
But we did do some clearing on Sunday last and now have plenty of dry matter ready for another bonfire. 
I wont just set light to the dry stuff, but will move it to a clear spot, just incase a Hedgehog is sleeping underneath!
So on Wednesday last I went to the local stables and filled 12 sacks with horse manure, that half filled our holding pen.
I returned today and filled another 12 bags with manure. So our pen is now full!
All that muck will do our veggies good.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Sunday, 14 January 2018

First post of 2018

 Spent a couple of hours today, mostly clearing up. 
We cut back all the over grown marsh grass from around the pond, it looks alot better for it too. We also cut back all the Raspberries and we spotted some new growth poking through. 
We cleared the Rhubarb bed, as we want to split each as they are getting too big. 
There are 3 large root clumps!
So all that clearing up meant we had to have a bonfire. 
We had plenty of weeds drying so all that went on the pyre.
So in between the clearing I dug up some more Cara potatoes. 
So its roasties tonight & chips tomorrow, I'm sure we will have mash sometime in the week too.  
So a good start to the year, we did a bit last weekend too, including pruning the Apple trees, so today wasn't the 1st visit.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo