April Sunshine

Newly Laid hedge and the wildlife log pile

Hello Again

Can’t quite believe it’s April, we seem to have had our fair share of April showers ( or should I say down pours!) already. But the sun is shining today and we are all feeling suitable rested and well fed after the Easter break and glad that Spring is finally here.

We saw around 10 swallows this weekend feeding over a stream near the shire, although as the old saying goes One swallow doesn’t make a summer’ It’s always a great feeling that warmer weather is on the way when these delightful creatures start darting around the farm.

All the trees and hedge plants Graham and I planted are looking healthy and are coming out in bud, The daffs are all out with smiley yellow faces, we plan to go bulb crazy this year and plant crocus’, gladioli, tulips, anemones etc so that the banks are in bloom all year round.

The poly tunnel is now finished and ready for us to get planting, firstly I need to make some tables from old recycled pallets to put the seed trays on, then the next thing will be to get some seed potatoes into the raised bed. The plan is to plant each row with around 2- 3 weeks in between, then we will hopefully have a continuous supply of delicious new potatoes – you can’t beat fresh new potatoes cooked with mint and finished with a nice knob of salted butter ..mmm-

We have lots of bird activity around the nature reserve,with blue tits nesting just outside the office door and the sparrows setting up home in the nest box with the camera, we’ll soon be starting our own series of Spring watch !

Since re opening the Bee shack in March we have had a couple of very busy opens days with lots of lovely people coming from far and wide to relax on the Bee shack sofas, with all the monies taken going towards to the Bee green fund our projects are really taking shape.

The next idea is to open some of the nature reserve to the Bee shack customers, we plan to open a little trail, taking you past the wildlife log pile, through the willow and hazel coppice down the steps over the newly laid hedge, up the bank the other side to the meadow coppice. We’ll put log seats around the trail so you can stop along the way, enjoy a picnic and watch the wildlife or just simply gaze out across bulbarrow hill and beyond.

Thanks for reading, until next time – Beee Green !

Charlotte x

Our new poly tunnel