August means harvesting if the weather is amenable, but it seems this year harvest will be late. But there is still much to do while we wait for the combines to roll.
By the Barn Blog
A collection of thoughts and tales around the life of a farmer.
By the barn August 2019
Posted: 5th Aug 2019
By the barn July 19
Posted: 5th Jul 2019
Soft fruits are ready to be picked, as are the salad vegetables and this is labour intensive- a bit of a problem if foreign staff is unavailable
By the barn June 19
Posted: 5th Jun 2019
It’s time for an important day in the farming calendar- Open farm Sunday on June 9th A day when normal working farms open their gates to allow people to see exactly how food is grown and answer questions about production.
By the barn May 19
Posted: 3rd May 2019
Another flower easily seen at this time of year is Charlock- a weed of cereal crops, tall and yellow, part of the cabbage family.
By the barn April 19
Posted: 2nd Apr 2019
So the soil is very much a living thing and we don’t want to destroy the balance, it’s much better to work with than against and whatever is taken out needs to be put back- something farming detractors do not seem to think we do.
By the barn March 2019
Posted: 27th Feb 2019
Flowers are becoming easier to spot and the early celandines are turning their face to the sun once again.
By the barn Feb 2019
Posted: 11th Feb 2019
It's also "Februdairy", a response to "veganuary" and a chance to repudiate some of the claims made against the dairy and farming industry.
By the barn January 2019
Posted: 1st Jan 2019
The ewes are all, hopefully, in lamb now and, unless the weather takes a turn for the worst, will be able to manage on what they can find. This also means we must be careful when using Ted to move them- we don’t want him to scare or hurry them too much.
By the barn December 18
Posted: 20th Dec 2018
So you see, all our modern traditions are mixed up with ancient ones.
By the barn November 2018
Posted: 10th Nov 2018
Anyway, we still have to carry on as normal- our sheep need to move to where the grazing is available and we are continuing to take our finished lambs to market.