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Monday, October 20, 2014

Building a sheep shed

 I have begun building a sheep shed. We are planning to get 2-3 pregnant sheep in January and this will be their shelter from strong winds and rain'n'snow. Apparently the land-race sheep called Spelsau we are to get are outdoors even when its rainy or windy but still they should have a shelter in case they need it.
So far the structure is up and the roof is on. I am using reused planks.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Collecting materials for composting

I have two large patches of Jerusalem Artichokes which are withering. I have cut them down with scythe
I ran the stalks thorough the garden shredder before placing onto the compost pile to speed up decomposition. I have coppiced many small Alder trees and now they are sending out new shots. Alder is a very good at fixing Nitrogen so I will make sure to cut them all down together with leaves and run them through the shredder. I have need for lots of compost soil and I better make that happen :)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Harvesting the blight resistant Sarpo Mira potatoes

I have planted Sarpo Mira potatoes in 2x2 meter raised bed and I did plant them very close to each other. But this didn't cause any issues and they once again (3rd year) didn't get any blight problems :) Truly this sort is blight resistant!
 These will be used for planting next year in our large kitchen garden.
Lots of potatoes from a 2 square meters raised bed :)

Friday, October 10, 2014

The newly sown White Clover is growing well

 We have sown white clover and grasses on 1 hectare for our sheep and bees. They are growing very well. This is the south side of our small forest.
and this is the west side of our forest. To the right you can see a long row of well established Willow
Some of the clover has started to bloom already :)
We will get the sheep in January or February. I must start building a sheep shed soon and fixing the electricity fence.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Time to plant Garlic

October is the month to plant Garlic for the next year. So I went today into our wood chip garden with tools and a bunch of dried garlic plants and planted lots of it.
This video explains how to plant garlic;

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Planting a Fig tree

We have got a Fig tree as a present and today we have found a place for it. On the south side of our house there is an old well filled with sand. I dag out some of the sand and placed lots of soil in the hole. I then placed a pallet crate which I also filled with soil to raise it above the ground level so to get good drainage. I planted the Fig tree and mulched the whole thing with aged wood chips. May it grow well.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ducklings roam free

My wife decided today to let the duckling out of their coop and test how it goes with our dog who was very excited (in a negative way) when he saw the ducklings for the first time. Now after 6 weeks our Bailey the dog seems very calm around them. They could see each other through the fence for the last 6 weeks and I think that helped them to accept each other.
Even though I feel sick today (sore throat and stiff neck) I managed to move 3 pallets of insulation material onto the loft (through the window). Soon to start insulating because the weather has turned colder here in Scandinavia.