I love planting my Fellowship Forest and one of the things Romain and I are doing this week is planting all the trees we have been growing and accumulating over the summer. My favourite Fellowship Forest is right down the back. It is too far for a hose to reach and young trees need lots of water so we fill the bucket of the tractor with water from the hose by the house and sometimes add a measure of fish fertiliser, then drive it down the back (very slowly so as not to spill the water) and then one person drives along the trees while the other walks, bucketing the water out for the trees.
They also need to be mulched and have protection from the rabbits in preparation for the winter.
Here is a collection of oaks and mulberries heeled into a bucket of potting mix awaiting their planting day. Many will go into the Fellowship Forest and into the three or four jungle areas that I am planting closer to the house. I love my jungles – I want them to eventually be impenetrable, dark and mysterious. The next generation of visitors or dwellers here should have a good source of shade and wood and wild native fruits. And the birds and butterflies and wildlife have a source of food as well. The secret to a jungle is to plant natives – or at least trees that want to grow in your area.
Last year I planted piles of black walnuts – they love to grow around here and the pigs LOVE the nuts, shell and all.
Also I fly a lot during the winter so planting trees every year is my way of helping to compensate for my flying carbon footprint.
Sheila. See that white chicken in the background – she is frequently seen sitting on or standing on Sheila’s back. Sheila is unperturbed by her bird. They share her meals through out the day. I have yet to get a photo of the chook riding the pig but it makes me smile every time.
I have a smoker cat.
Oh and one buyer has put his name on all 10 of the piglets. He comes well recommended. So that is a relief. They will be leaving in a few weeks. So fingers still crossed that the sale goes through but it is a good beginning.
I still think Poppy is quite small for this stage of her gestation so she may not have many piglets at all which would be a relief. Her piglets are very active. She is still so busy, her jumping up and down terrifies me – I hope she settles. She did well last time.
I hope you have a lovely day.
All 10 piglets are sold though it will take a few weeks for the man to come down and collect them. He has good references so fingers crossed.