Thursday 3 November 2016
Shoveling and Shifting
Still making the most of the glorious weather,
Last week this got cleared out ready to be knocked down, I think it was an old pig sty and over the years has been used as a dumping ground for all sorts of garden waste
There is a couple of plastic compost bins sitting beside it, needed clearing, I got the round one emptied
and moved into compost bin 2, I added some crushed egg shells, and it was mixed in with the bedding from the goats,
Then bin number 1 was emptied turned and mixed into bin 2
There was plenty of steam coming off, and it looks to be breaking down lovely, its now covered over and will be left until spring, when it should be ready to use.
After turning the bins, I got working on next years squash beds, pallet collars have been used for these south facing beds that run down the side of the poly tunnel.
I added another pallet collar as they were not deep enough with one.
Then a 12 inch layer of well rotted manure was added
Then topped off with a couple of bags of spent mushroom compost to fill the bed
The beds are covered over with the bags from the compost, the bags have holes in them, all tucked up for winter, come spring they should be raring to go.
I have four of these beds set up and there all getting the same treatment, courgettes, squashes and pumpkins will be planted here next year, the following year it might be carrots and parsnips.
I picked off the unripe fruit from the fig tree, these will not ripen now, the goats enjoyed them
The only fruit that was left was the tiny pea sized fruit, anything bigger was taken off, the tiny pea sized fruits will stay over winter and when spring comes the fruit will start growing and will be the first fruits ripen next year.
Friday 26th November
John rang Eva Brown about calf sales, one at Newcastle Emlyn, went there bought two calves, one Aberdeen Angus cross £66 Magic, one Sharleigh cross £74 Misty.
John pressure washed the the bull pen, then got the two calves to suckle from Lucky and Sunny.
Made some bread, did some cleaning in the house, Douglas sent John £80 registered post, bought livestock movement book. £1.40 and NFU vat book 50p.
Mother and Father Tran and Janet arrived at 10pm.