Sunday, 27 October 2013
Thursday, 8 August 2013
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Sunday, 4 August 2013
|Laying the foundation for the "hugle" beds|
|Sheep's wool on the ground|
|A great way to discard of old fleeces from our sheep|
|Large chunks of alder added to the wool and compost|
|The mounds are high-3 ft high|
|Leaf compost laid on top|
|More compost is added|
|The edges of the bubble wrap slide into the metal tubes|
|Rod about to tighten the cover|
Posted by Backsbottom Farm at 03:46
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
A long established method of preventing flooding and encouraging water seepage into the water table is the making of long deep channels called swales---whether Swaledale in Yorkshire is named after these I hope to find out!
Posted by Backsbottom Farm at 14:38
Sunday, 30 June 2013
Ingleton, the village nearby has a heated outside swimming pool near
the river and a swim or a climb up the peak what could be better than a
wonderful Italian pizza from Pepe's .
Posted by Backsbottom Farm at 08:29
Sunday, 2 June 2013
More Inventions: a new style of greenhouse for the apricot tree after the gales destroyed the glass-lean-to. A glimpse of the damaged apricot greenhouse can be seen in the previous post about the fallen windmill .
|Bending the frame|
|To this : the wooden frame has been bent and Keder Greenhouse polytunnel plastic stretched across|
Rod is pinned to the roof by a telegraph pole !!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Backsbottom Farm at 13:45
Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Our windmill fell down. It wasn't even particularly windy that day....The wooden fence must have ever so slightly broken it's fall because there is no damage other than a slight limp! We looked at the bolts at the base plate and some had sheared off. Rod was able to replace 3 bolts but one is still in the concrete! Just to be on the safe side he's attached a metal anchor arm from the tower to the ground--another Rod Invention!
|It's up and behind are trampoline jumpers!|
Posted by Backsbottom Farm at 05:06
Monday, 22 April 2013
Saturday, 20 April 2013
|Blizzards cut the house and farm off|
|Frozen waterfall down the farm track|
|The stable covered in snow drift|
Posted by Backsbottom Farm at 10:54
The bracken on our farm is a real nuisance. It suppresses wild flowers and grasses. We've found a novel way of bashing it, which is the most efficient way of weakening it. A quad, pulling tractor tyres joined with chains, emulates a herd of oxen crushing the stalks.Supposedly in olden times, everyone would have collected the bracken for bedding and animals would have helped to trample it. On our farm the steep slopes pose a problem so not everywhere is accessible. Here you can see green coming through where it has been successful and brown on steeper parts which can't be got at other than heavy tramping! ,
Posted by Backsbottom Farm at 10:48