Saturday, 27 June 2009
Two of the cover crops that we have planted fodder radish and phacelia have been alive with bees this weekend. I am a very amateur photographer and the pictures don't really do the scene justice - there were literally hundreds of bees working away across the flowers. Imagine if all farmers just planted a small field corner or gardeners planted a part of their flower bed - it would make a real difference to the bee population.
Friday, 26 June 2009
Yesterday we hosted our first Natural England farm walk looking at the cover crops. There were over thirty people discussing the issues that they had had and their successes with developing wildlife areas for bees, birds, insects and the weather was with us on the day.
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
These photos show some of the other trial plots that include triticale, and kale in the seed mixes. The fields in the distance contain mustard which is now in flower and not oil seed rape. The mustard has been planted to try and improve the soil structure in the fields after the poor harvest conditions last year - check out so wet we can't harvest the potatoes