Saturday, 27 June 2009

Bees in abundance




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

Natural England Farm Walk



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

Vines are growing




The vines are continuing to grow and we hope to be drinking our first wine in five years time!

Housemartins are busy


The house martins are really busy at the moment feeding their young! The nests are a hive of activity.

More cover crops in June
















These photos may not be as dramatic as the others, but they show coverage of the soil to prevent soil erosion and we will have to wait and see how the crops progress over the coming months.

Cover crop plots in June
















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

More photos of cover crops in flower
















Cover crop plots in flower











The difference in two weeks on the cover crop plots is amazing! Check out the photos!

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Walking around the lakes











We went for a walk around some nearby lakes and took some snaps of the birds - a lovely sunny and tranquil day!

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Cover crop plots are growing












Since germination a little over a month ago, the various plots have been growing and starting to cover the soil. here are some photos to show you the difference!