Archives for the month of: April, 2015

To finish off the series of woodland posts, here is the planting plan for the field. (Large)

Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right (2015)

I used a program called QGIS to create the map. It’s a geographic information system, into which I imported some OS open data and then started drawing.

There are all sorts of other interesting data sets available, such as from SNH, Historic Scotland and the Forestry Commission.


Today we planted the last tree in the new woods. The morning was miserable and wet, so we waited until the predicted sun came out in the afternoon. The burn was running very fast and very cloudy after the rain. It’s been burbling along with clear water every time we’ve been down over the last week.

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Kester and Arthur were down to help. Arthur lost his welly in the mud, got burn water in his welly by standing in the burn, and got stuck up a tree. A good day out. Kester’s average was not so impressive, he mainly went on strike and pretended to fall over a lot.

He recovered long enough to help me plant the final tree.

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In the middle of planting our trees, we’re trying to keep up with the veg. patch. The non-salad seedlings are doing well and we’ve got some very healthy looking peas in toilet-roll tubes. We hardened them off this week and planted them out today. Salad seedlings are not going to well this year. Last year we had quite a few cut-and-come again on the go. We’ve not managed much so far this year.

P1030379 (Large)The picture shows Laura’s willow plant support she made at Taliesin community woods on Easter Sunday. She’s very pleased with it (quite right, it’s a fine piece of work). The other sticks are pea-sticks cut from the copse today. They’re much better than last year’s, which we scavenged from dead branches in the field.

I finished by picking some spring greens from the remains of the cabbage stalks that we cut and left to sprout again.

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