Saturday, 26 May 2007

stone the crows!

Well what can i say these pesky crows have eaten all of my grains! I was a bit lazy about it i suppose, thought they wouldn't notice when i was planting it. I must admit i felt a bit paranoid at the time , they seemed to be flying above me a lot, cawing back and forth to one another, letting each other know what was going on?
Anyway i set out my millet and wheat in seperate beds, and watered them..
sure enough over the next few days there were lots of scratch marks in the compost and not much seedling activity..
So what to do?

Well strings seemd to be the first option, didnt work so i tried tape, all those old cassettes that i was sure to use some day? well they were promptly disemboweled and strung around the place, while it hasent stopped their thieving it has slowed it down somewhat.
slugerooos next...

Thursday, 10 May 2007

Windy Weather

It's been a while since the last post, but then again so much has happened! Our first delivery went well with pete delivering to the more far-flung customers and yours truly bringing the boxes into penzance.

It was a small delivery, and i reassured the customers that this was only the beginning and as it was a CSA scheme they would be receiving way more than what they paid for onve we had reached june.july. Still it's hard getting people to take a chance on you, especially when it's their money.
"Why not just call it a box scheme!" I hear them think, well because it's not, and this seems to be a hard concept to get across in England(sorry Cornwall).
SO we have had some mad winds lately, the tunnel is really getting tested. I sat through the wildest wind yet yesterday, freaking out every time a big gust made the whole tunnel shake. It was like being at sea in a boat you're not sure is up to the task, creaks and moans, cracks and groans. But she survived and I intend to purchase some nice big straps to put over the top just in case...
The courgettes are coming along nicely:


They are a nice tasting variety from italy, and something a bit different for the customers..
Elsewhere in the tunnel there are the crimopson flowered broad beans, they are all in flower, attracting the bees, and the humans as they smell so good:


So as we begin to enter summer the garden is starting to fill out, there is still a lot to be done, but i'm quite pleased with how this is going.
More later.

Tuesday, 1 May 2007

If you want to do something with your life....

There's a song i heard at a permaculture convergence that goes like this:
If you want to do something useful with your life, go and plant some trees.

I was singing this song as we finsihed up another windy day at Badgers garden. When we were in Tontnes, Devon a few months ago We found loads of baby oaks under a big tree. We took them home and they have been in a sack of soil ever since..
So on Mayday eve we decided to just plant the lot..

turns out there were 67 of them, which will make quite a grove sometime in the future!
It always feels great to be planting trees, a kind of investment in the future, a statement about what kind of world I'd like to see, or maybe it's just planting trees!
No matter, it feels good and brings a sense of permanance to Badger's Garden.

The beautiful ash trees that were planted by folk on the action day are now coming into leaf, the flowers are blooming in the hedgerows, summer is being painted on the landscape.
Things are coming along in the polytunnel now aswell, peas are blooming and courgettes too, outside the drab brown of the potatoe beds is greening up fast with new growth and the small touches like flax seedlings pushing through the straw put out a feeling of exuberance, barely contained excitement..it's coming alive folks!
As I do less work in the day job and concentrate more and more on my passion for plants I find that the work i put into the garden is paid back 10 times in results, it's very satisfying, and what keeps me doing it.
People debate whether it's an art form, I would argue for this, except why would I bother arguing? The plants are my paint and the field a canvas, it's a co-creative act, between me and the land, and never fails to surprise me.