The dry mild weather has given us, a perfect environment in which to plant saplings to create some new hedges. All native varieties including hawthorn, field maple, hazel, hornbeam, wild cherry, crabapple, spindle and dog rose planted into fertile soil, eight inches apart. Hawthorn being the dominant plant to create stock proof hedging. We will keep them weed free for the next four years to give them a good start. In March the hawthorn will be cut to within six inches of the ground to encourage strong sturdy growth at the base. After this in the following few years the sides will be cut back to encourage renewed strong growth. Growth follows the knife… Once established these hedges should be strong, colourful all year round and very beautiful. Flowers and blossom in spring and as they say Autumn interest in other words colourful and rich. If taken care of this hedge should stand for several generations, what a lovely thought.
The usual array of winter crops for sale again this week. Roots include carrots, beetroot, big and beautiful celeriac and carrots. A few lettuce and plenty of salad bags with tasty bitter raddichio included in the peppery mix.
Leeks, onions, celery, cabbages and kale still going strong.
Don’t forget we have the first of our Hereford beef for sale this week and next. Butchered by Nathan at The Butchery, but sold of course in our space. Really looking forward to this as it promises to be very tasty indeed.
Geese are all sold, but we still have a couple of ducks and a few turkeys not yet reserved for Saturday 21st . The turkeys come in a range of sizes, large for a big gathering, medium and small.