The garden has not been very productive in the hot weather, however the giant chilli bushes are very healthy and I harvested two baskets of chillies. One for our local produce swap and the other I used to make chilli honey, chilli oil and dried chilli flakes. More on all of that in a later post.
Its still green at Kumbia and with the hot days we put in some early mornings to get work down before it was hot. Early mornings are not my favourite thing, but the farm does look beautiful.
Cows and cattle
The calves are now weaned and under the supervision of the two dairy cows in a far paddock. This seems to have gone fairly smoothly. We will have to bring them all back together and mix them up again soon as the dairy cows are due to calve in April.
Bees and Beekeeping
- Look for patterns in nature, rather that just using straight lines, to maximise gardening space. For example, keyhole gardens and herb spirals. The added advantage is conserving moisture in the soil as there is less empty space for evaporation and more space filled with plants.
- Use edges to create more space - edges being particularly productive areas. (use edges and value the marginal)
- The design process should involve both observation and visioning. Observation involves spending time at the property and looking up data on climate, looking at topographical maps (for larger properties) and generally getting a feel for the place without making any decisions. Visioning is about thinking of all the functions that you want to achieve, such as growing your own food, providing habitat for native animals etc. There is a great explanation of zones and sectors in this chapter (see more in my post here).
I was sent a lovely book about beeswax (The Beeswax Workshop: How to Make Your Own Natural Candles, Cosmetics, Cleaners, Soaps, Healing Balms and More), I particularly liked the recipe for making a polish for wooden chopping boards (see my post here).
How was your February? What are your plans for March?