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Spindlebrook Farm, Modbury, Devon, UK

Waking up for Spring

March 15, 2016

 

The drier weather has given us the chance to add a bit more compost to some of our no dig/no till beds. The beds in this picture have just had a fresh load of lovely compost added and once we've raked them they'll be ready for our first seeds and transplants from the polytunnel.

This year we are also trying something new on our paths - Ramial wood chip.  This is wood chip made only from the new growth of deciduous trees; branches no bigger than 3 inches. 

All that outer growth is full of nutrients and enzimes and if you apply the chips straight away they activate all kinds of benficial fungai in the soil.

We did our paths by chipping coppiced wood from our woodland a few days before adding it to our paths. Coppicing is a traditional method of managing woodland and the trees all sprout new stems and grow back.

Feed the soil, and it feeds you. These beds will be crammed full of veg in a few of months.

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