Happy St Patrick's Day. It's a bank holiday here in Ireland. The weather is fantastic at the moment and we have got a lot done around the farm and on the vegetable garden.
The orchard. Planted 2 more apple trees yesterday. Then I cleared the weeds with a bucket and my trusty Azada digging hoe. Today I forked it over with the four prong pike and the old long handled Celtic shovel. I always have one or 2 tools to work with me. I fluctuate from the pike too the shovel and any roots like nettles and couch grass get picked up and dumped over the hedgerow. I also split some Phormiums (Newzealand Flax) and made new plants. They are great for wrapping the leaves around the petrol strimmer. I am going to rake the soil out and sow some grass seed in a week or so. I will wait for Lidl or Aldi to get some in. Last yearI made my Lidl lawn for 12 Euros.
The rest of the potatoes got planted today. Well it is St Parick's day and it's traditional to plant them on this day in Ireland.
Tne 'new' orchard from a different angle.
Seed potatoes waiting to be covered up. Being the tight wad that I am. I cut the seed potatoes in half and planted them. It saved me having to buy another bag. Hopefully they won't rot. It will be intersting to see how fruitful the cut seed potatoes will be against the not cut seed potatoes? I once knew somebody who grew his potatoes from potato skins - honest!
One of the blogs I follow: An English Homestead: Kev shows us his latest veg plot gate today. Here's one number one son made for me. He bought the galvanized tube from the local farm centre and welded it together, flattening the weldd joints withe sledge hammer. It should last a long time!