Take a tyre. Stuff with old cardboard, bracken, garden brash, soil, and woodchip. Add bulbs. Keep moderately watered if no rain. Cook on a very low heat over the winter. Ready for the perfect early bee snack around Feb/March. Season as you go with nasturtium seeds, wildflower seeds and well established sunflower seedlings; experiment with rosemary, lavender, sweet peas and canes. Bingo. Bit like the best sort of casserole. Just gets better and better. The bees are going to LOVE you. :)
Yup, we were chuffed to bits to successfully get our £450 from Unltd for our Rocket Kitchen, where we can start to teach people to learn how to make the simplest of things - home made bread and home made pizza - outside. The pigs are doing a brilliant job at helping us clear the bracken and brambles to make a good space amongst the trees. Watch this space for more on this; one of our fab local schools is keen as mustard to help us build it, and then use it. Brilliant with bells on.
Cardboard. Beloved material of the gardener, permaculturalist, and orchard collaborator. (I could say orchard manager, but it seems a little presumptuous. We work with it; would be lost without it. No orchard would mean many, many fewer bees. ) So anyway. Cardboard. There is now a great deal of re-purposed surfboard packaging made in China, wrapped round a surfboard in Sydney, and ending up in Penwith, acting as an excellent mulch on our many blackcurrant plants. At least it will have been shipped rather than flown. And Alan planted in the region of 1,000 blackcurrant plants. That's a lot of surfing....
What a boon our wonderful Wwoofers are. Cutting, mulching, carrying, clearing, planting, weeding...an endless variety of jobs. And they never complain. Even building stone walls round one of the bee hives, using wall building skills taught by their father at home in France, and talking all the time to the bees. Proper job. :) Thanks to Thomas and Perrine - worked like Trojans.
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