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Tales from Swallow Farm · 3d ago

Return of the red spider mite

GRRRRRRRRRRRRR!They're back.Spider mites are the peskiest of pests. There are two sorts of red spider mite, those which suck the blood of chickens and those which suck the life out of plants...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 3d ago

I Need To Plan A New Hatch

We like to rear a few birds for the table, aiming for a couple of geese, half a dozen turkeys, a dozen Muscovy ducks and about 30 chickens a year.Rather than buying in chicks or young birds,...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1W ago

Soft fruit galore

Other things got in the way of this blog post, but we are having a great year with our soft fruitSunday 3rd July - Soft fruit galoreSue started the job yesterday picking out the one cherry t...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1W ago

Mon Amur!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday 6th July 2017It had been a lovely evening with the Cambridgeshire Self Sufficiency Group. Good people, good food and an interesting talk on water conservation and making your own bo...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1W ago

When your companions begin to smother you

The title of this post is NOT a subtle hint to Sue. It's actually referring to pot marigolds, nasturtiums and borage. For these plants are wonderful companions to other plants in the vegetab...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1W ago

Animal Escapades

Getting a bit behind, so here's a week's worth.Another week's worth tomorrow.18th June - Collect hay while the sun shinesA couple of early morning trips to a local field to collect hay for t...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 3W ago

Posh Veg

Asparagus, Mangetout, Globe Artichoke, Swiss Chard, Kohl Rabi. It sounds like the expensive section of the Waitrose vegetable aisle, but these vegetables are easy to grow and we have as much...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 3W ago

Let the courgette chaos commence!

A few images from the last couple of weeks. This is my way of catching up on the blog.All the lambs together for the first time, enjoying the lush grass growth in the first sheep paddock.The...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 4W ago

Heatwave deadly for young swallows

So the summer solstice marked the end of a heatwave with temperatures in the low 30s for days on end. But that heatwave spelled bad news for some. We lost one of the turkey poults, even thou...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1M ago

A Plague of Strawberry Seed Beetles

Sometimes things do not go according to plan.Rotten StrawberriesMy strawberry plants have been looking extremely healthy with masses of young strawberries on them. Last year we had problems ...