Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Nothing But Trees...

Yesterday was a day spent with trees, big ones, small ones and ones in between.
I started by unwrapping the greenhouse from its bubble wrap, everything needs the increased light levels
Shunting pots around I knocked the orange tree and look what came off
 Our first welsh grown orange, an exciting moment
 We shared it after lunch and it was lovely the skin was a little thick but the flesh was delicious.
There is lots more citrus fruits on the way
 Lemons

 Baby oranges
 The greenhouse is now unwrapped
 And nice and tidy, we ordered the new poly tunnel and fruit cage at the week end, I am really looking forward to getting the citrus trees planted into the ground and seeing how well they do.
While I was sorting out the greenhouse Martin was moving the pig ark into its new place
Now in situ ready for some new occupants 
I then moved onto to the willow hedging
 Willow cuttings were planted through the membrane, 
I was preparing the area last week, it has all been layered with Alpaca poo and then covered with membrane to be planted through 
Last years cuttings that did really well, its going to be nice to see a willow hedge along this fence line a nice wind break for livestock.
I got a good view of the Alpacas while I was on my hands and knees planting
 I checked out some of the baby trees while I was in the new woodland area
 This is one of the Giant Redwoods I grew from seed, it seems to be coming on great since it was planted out, still a lot of growing to do
 The Maple Syrup trees are just starting to break bud a good sign they are doing alright
I had some smaller willow cuttings left over, I have put groups into pots, these I will plant into gaps in hedging as we start to work on the hedges around the new fields.
I have some more young trees sitting here as well that I have grown waiting to plant out.
Next it was some of the trees and shrubs at the top of the garden
 This Lilac tree must have gone over some years ago
I cut back all the branches that were growing across the lawn
 Leaving the upright branches,
There was a Butterfly Bush behind it in the same condition, that had the same treatment.
All the branches were dragged down the field
Sol did his bit to help

 In between all this activity in the afternoon we had some Alpaca husbandry to do when they came in for there feed
Nail cutting time, Martin held them I did the cutting,
The white fleece alpacas nail grow quicker than the dark ones and the wet weather makes them grow quicker as well,
everyone was done apart from Daisy, she was having none of it we were at risk of being injured with her rearing up and objecting,
We need to get her properly halter trained and use to being handled, even though they come when called they don't like to be handled much, her nails didn't look too bad to be honest and she will get done when they are sheared.
The day ended with a lovely bonfire 
 And fish and chips
Oh and here is my smallest tree
Can you see it there, I have three of these so far coming up
Rainbow Eucalyptus trees 
here is a picture of what they will grow up to be
  I hope :-)

 
 

21 comments:

  1. I just wish trees grew faster :)

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    1. There are some fast growing ones out there, but yes it would be good if they were to beef up a lot quicker :-)

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  2. How wonderful that you have a vision of the future. Its going to be marvellous.

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    1. Yes its all about planning for the future :-)

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  3. What a wonderful post, Dawn. Especially love the lemons. How very cool to grown your own!

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    1. I have been growing citrus trees for a few years now with some success :-)

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  4. You seem to be doing remarkably well with those trees Dawn - I have once picked an orange off a tree in Spain and the resulting fruit was totally different from any one could buy in the shops. I expect yours tasted the same. You are both to be congratulated on your good husbandry I think.

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    1. Thank you, yes it was far superior to what we get in the shops :-)

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  5. You can't plant enough tree's and such a great range. Can't wait to meet your pig's

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    1. Pigs are on the list again but it will be a few months got too much doing at the moment to take on yet more animals :-)

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  6. I'm so impressed with your citrus fruits Dawn, well done. My little trees dies over winter so I suspect you really need a poly tunnel. I'm glad everything seems to be going well with you xx

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    1. They should do alright outside after frosts then bring them indoors for winter, mine have sat in an unheated greenhouse all winter

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  7. Received our ocas yesterday Dawn, thank you. We bought a little lemon tree today, having seen on your blog last year that you grow them successfully. It's indoors at the moment, once danger of frost is past will put it outside in the front garden which gets sun all day.

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    1. regular feed is the secret and letting it dry out between watering :-)

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  8. Love growing trees as you know! I grew some lemon scented eucalyptus last year and it smelt amazing, just got to see if they survived the winter now !

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    1. Fingers crossed, without trees were would we be :-)

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  9. Glad to know that my maples are doing well!! I hope that all of the other things you are growing do well too. How great that you have your own citrus, that really is wonderful in Wales isn't it! xx

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    1. I am pleased with the Maples the fact they are still alive pleases me :-)

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  10. I hope you realize I am waiting for your first book, as you are doing SO much - and growing things which many smallholders wouldn't have thought of. WELL DONE. I shall come and Inspect after Easter is out of the way (if I may).

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  11. What a fabulous post. I love everything you have going on. Inspiring

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