Chicken tractors and mole diggers..

As always space is at a premium here at Riverside and more growing space is always needed. I have decided to add a long narrow border alongside the path that leads to the goat sheds. I have put my little chicken tractor on the area and have let my broody hen and her chicks start to clear the area for me..as they eat all the vegetation I move the coop along…and so on… I shall cover the cleared area with cardboard and cover that with well rotted compost, ready for planting.

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I have had some quite severe problems with moles here this season. They appeared back in September last year and spent most of their time  making molehills on the riverbank.. That was fine.. but now they have moved into my veg beds are are also undermining the newly planted fruit trees that I added to my little forest garden area. So I have bought a couple of solar powered sonic mole repellent units. No new molehills have appeared ..yet!

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The veg areas are filling out a bit now.. but it has been incredibly wet and windy here today so some of the plants are looking a little battered.

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…the newly planted willow arches are now green and lush!Image

The borage plants are in flower….

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One batch of elderflower cordial has already been made.. and as more sweetly scented  flowers open more will be made.. always leaving some behind to form berries for later in the season for elderberry recipes.

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Imageand whilst everything grows and blossoms here at Riverside our own latest flowergirl Anemone the goat kid blossoms too.. She is growing fast!

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The geese enjoy the sun in-between the rain.. They are moulting at the moment  so we have feathers everywhere…and Holly is STILL sitting on her eggs. x

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The vivid magenta sparkly centres of tree spinach brighten up a dull day

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Looks like we shall have an abundance of currants..if we get to them before the bird do, when they ripen!

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and strawberries too…Not ripe yet ( grown outside, not under glass or plastic) ..but plenty of fruit on the plants, ready to ripen. Every plant is heavy with fruit. Looks to be a bumper year for strawbs!

ImageDespite the unpredictable wet and windy weather lately, there is a feeling of natural richness here. Image

Everything looks healthy, lush and green!

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Mizuna doing really well. We cannot eat it as fast as it grows.

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and the garlic is due to be harvested soon.

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Lupins adorn the orchard wall border.

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And I have been very kindly gifted this little polytunnel frame, by my lovely cousin…so next season I should be even more prepared for the growing season..Just need to get the plastic cover sorted asap! (Let me know the cheapest option).

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Goosegogs (Gooseberries) are looking good but still unripe. I have four gooseberry bushes here so far.

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All in all it is all looking udderly fantastic.

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….and I think Anemone (nicknamed Nemmie) agrees 🙂

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Thank you xx

To those of you who have kindly made paypal donations via the Donate button on my blog. (You know who you are) Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Current donations are being saved to be put towards the purchase of a second hand digital camera, (My one has died and is beyond repair *sob ) so hopefully I can give back this borrowed one soon and I will be able to take lots more photos to share with you all..

Any further donations made after the camera purchase will be used to buy more native trees, fruit trees and other edible perennials etc  to plant here in my little forest garden and they will also buy more native wildflower seeds to scatter on my walks along the lanes here and wherever I travel.

I will pay it forward x

Thank you again xxx

***UPDATE***

I have been kindly gifted a digital camera today by someone who has upgraded and offered me their old one.. Hurray!

So this is just to let you know that any donations that were made towards the cost of  buying a camera will now be used towards the purchase of more trees and to buy more wildflower seeds to spread around the countryside.

I hope that is a satisfactory arrangement.

I will take photos of the baby trees as I take delivery of them and plant them and I will add the pics here.

Your contribution will be part of a mini permaculture food forest and ‘your’ trees will be here for future generations to enjoy xxx

Thank you all for your kindness xxxxxxxx