AT LAST A WONDERFUL SPRING
After a terrible wet spring, the sun has finally come out.
The drilling is well underway. The oats and barley are in the ground.
The beans are romping away.
Our New Zealand Romney sheep are again proving to be great and independent mums.
There are lambs popping up everywhere.
Thank you to our great shepherding team.
Thank you also to the good folk of Shimpling whose footpaths have been in the thick of it!
The rams have done their job! The lads were introduced to the ladies on the 5th November and having been working hard to make sure that we have a good crop of lambs in the spring. They are now relaxing with Yogi the hairy pony who has adopted them and leads them around the farm better than any sheep dog!
Our autumn crops are now beginning to peek through the soil. We sow our crops on wider rows so that we can mechanically hoe inbetween the rows to deal with weeds as we don't like to use chemical sprays on our farm. However, we only hoe when necessary to avoid disturbing ground nesting birds.
We are now fully underway with sowing our autumn cereals. Winter barley, spelt and oats are in the ground with wheat being sown today. Seedbeds have been excellent and with a warm start to October the crops should emerge within the week. This autumn we are using our new Swedish drill which not only sows seed but hoes weeds out of our crops as well.
National Organic Combinable Crops conference is being held at Shimpling Park Barn and Farm on 7th July 2015. organicfarmers