We are entering the last month of autumn. The temperature has dropped, with many nights in the single figures here on the farm. The wind since Sunday has been blowing quickly down our beautiful hill rustling through the trees and gaining momentum. It has caused some damage to our hoop houses, and we've spent the last two days patching and repairing hoping the wind will slow a little to provide us with enough time to completely repair it.
This week on the farm....
Most of the vegetables we grow are transplanted from seedlings into a prepared bed. We find we have a better success rate if the seedlings grow strong and healthy in these beautiful wooden boxes first (lovingly made by my father-in-law).
The second market garden patch is coming along slowly, including planning where the tool shed goes, water tanks, compost site, etc. The chickens, turkeys and ducks are working hard in the patch, scratching away and where possible supervising our rock removal techniques. We have a number of rocks to remove from the earth, so there is plenty of room for the little seedlings to grow into strong healthy vegetables. We mentioned last week our Hugelkulturs. They are progressing nicely, we've sown pasture on the mounds to keep the mounds strong while we plan the best tree/bushes to put on each Hugelkultur. We're thinking rosemary, lavender, blueberry...
It's International Compost Awareness Week (2-8 May), and we love compost. The information sheet on Hugelkulturs has been delayed a little due to the wind issue we've had, but if you are interested in the brief information sheet please let me know and I'll send it through to you once it's completed. Here is a link to Gardening Australia's short clip on how to build compost.
Only a few more days and Taylor will be flying to Sweden to learn from Ridgedale Permaculture Farm. The house is full of excitement, anticipation, hesitation and enthusiasm. We're planning, packing, and planning again. Watch this space, we'll share a few photo's of her time at Rdigedale in the coming weeks.