Home grown tea and mini orchard update

For the last couple of week’s we’ve been having mostly home grown teas. They mostly revolve around chicken, boiled potatoes, asparagus, purple sprouting broccoli, spinach, Swiss chard, kale and onion. I feel very happy to think that almost all of the teas are home grown.
This time of year is abundant for harvests and it certainly feels like we have to prioritise what to do as the list is ever expanding. We’ve been working on the mini orchard which is where the apple trees are that we bought off Kev. They’re all looking really healthy so I know he will be pleased to hear that.
Our next stage was to tidy it all up. Weeds are our nemesis, as every gardener no doubt. I loathe giving time to them so we decided to work smartly and do what we can do to keep them at bay or kill them completely.

So we looked around and gave thought to what we can do cheaply and effectively. We’ve loads  of branches off trees piled up around the smallholding and in time these need shifting. So it dawned on us that we can use our wood chipper that we bought as part of this place killing two birds with one stone again! We started putting the branches through the chipper and have managed to produce some really great wood chip!

We took the grass out around the orchard, ground membraned it and covered it all with wood chip. I can’t believe how neat and tidy, and weed free it is!  The back section is still flowers and fruit trees so in soil so weeds will still come through there but we can work with that for now.

Another job ticked off the list 🙂



An improvement – new gate

Ste’s been busy as usual.
Our outside space was pretty open plan when we moved in.  That’s because the previous owners had never owned an animal on it in their 27 years of living on it.  It was a larger farm when they owned it too, it was split and sold off (subsequently making them millionaires, so I am guessing they knew that on day 1).  Anyway, I digress.
So when we moved in, to keep animals where they are supposed to be, we started putting fences up and where we needed gates, we used temporary measures. 

We acquired a gate from my Dad who had no use for it and we agreed it would be ideally placed at the side of our barn separating certain animals who don’t get on. 
Ste set about digging a hole for the post we’d attach it to, as we don’t want to be drilling holes in the barn.
Below is the view down to the goose shed (behind the greenhouse) and on to the back of the barn, where the pallet is.
Ste got the gate up in no time and it looks great.  He put a small trellace against the greenhouse to hide the gap.  I wonder if I could grow sweet peas up this in a container, that would look pretty wouldn’t it?  Although I bet the hens would eat it!

Finished product.