- In the field
- 23rd November 2016
Yesterday I slipped on a muddy slope and fell flat. I heard a popping sound as I did so. I hobbled in to the house by which time the area above my knee was burning. Helen immediately fell back on her first aid from girl guides and put an ice pack on it then a compression bandage. Apparently this helps things heal, taking down any swelling like that and raising the leg for a few days. So I've been catching up on some paperwork and perusing videos. I should have bene sorting out the storm damage - some dislodged mulch sheets and smashed cloches, but that will have to wait a few days.
This is a video clip from Sweden. It is very interesting to me because he is doing on a rather larger scale a very simmilar approach to how I manage my beds. I have the mylar sheets he dislikes and I have to say I agee with his reasons. I dont use as much compost as he does - but if I could make more from my own materials I might. The growing season in Sweden is much shorter than here and of course the winter temperatues much lower, so we have things over winter that he probably woudln't even attempt. Like the broad beans I was on my way to plant out when I slipped.
Our Soil Association inspection went fine. It wa an new inspector Id not met before, but he seem more intrigued by the precision planting of my oats than worrying about anything else. We have never had a problem with the inspections, and often the inspectors take two steps into the field and you can see then visibly relax as it is apparent to then that this is a field run very organically, not maximising for production, yield etc.
I did offer to run off my crop planning and record spreadsheet for him. It is only 22 pages! I've just finished setting up a new one for next year. It actually starts in October with the oats, but I am usually still too busy then. It was a briliant year for the eating apples. So many in fact I had to resort to selling some - about 30kg and the apple rack in the cellar is full . Fortunately Ashmend's Kernel is a very good keeper and we should still be eating them into the New Year.
We are to have another farming conference this year. (2nd December at La Mare?). I did wonder is they might go under as a result of budget cuts. I got an invitation this year (!). I would have posted the agenda but I cannot open the attachment they sent out.