April, 2014

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Garden Progress

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The garden beds are being laid out on the contours this year to try and capture the rain runoff. We also trench each bed so we can bury logs and sticks at the bottom. As the wood decomposes, it releases nutrients but it also absorbs water which is then available for the plant roots. Well that is the theory. Of course we use lots of compost in there too.DSCN4042

Pasture is green but still has a way to go before its ready for the cows

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014


Piglets are pretty cute. Good thing they don’t stay that way

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014


Time to move the compost to the garden

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014


All winter we’ve been collecting manure in compost bins and now its time to move it to the garden. We were lucky to have a Track Loader to do the heavy work. Ian is putting his video game skills to use here.

Bad Hair Day

Saturday, April 26th, 2014


Garden beds being planted on the contours

Friday, April 18th, 2014

One of the driving principles of permaculture is the capture and storage of runoff. Slow, Spread and Sink. By building beds level on contours, water is not allowed to just run down the path of least resistance ending up pooling where there is already too much or just running down the street. Holding the water behind swales allows it to spread across the garden and sink into the ground. These garden beds use the principles of Hugelkultur developed by Sepp Holzer in Austria. We trench the beds and take waste sticks and logs and bury them at the bottom with lots of compost from the cattle, pigs and chicken. As the woody material slowly decomposes it not only provides nutrients to the plants above but also stores water. The beds will be planted not only with food plants but also with herbs that extract and hold mineral nutrients like comfrey and herbs that attract beneficial insects. By balancing the pest and predatory insects damage can be kept to a minimum. Garden14Apr14

Piglets are here!

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Eight new piglets were born last week. Their really cute and that doesn’t last too long so come by to see them.

More Heritage Pigs, Two Crossed Feeders and a Gloucester Old Spot Bred Tamworth

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014


Cows on a Winter Morning in February

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014