Mixed news so far, and a few pictures of my polyculture experiments to post, for those of you following my experiments for this year.
The good news is that most of the plants are doing well. The corn is about to flower, as is the persian clover, the bladder senna is growing well, and so is the spelt. Some of the rye has been browsed by small rabbits/voles, but not enough to be serious. The main problem is that the rye seems to be etermined to produce grain this year, and not wait until next Summer.
It was my intentention to write about my progress with my experimental polyculture, having planted out the rye, and spelt. Sadly, we have a rabbit/rabbits in the vegetable growing space, and they seem happiest eating the clover groundcover. So I’m having to wait until I can get them out.
The seedlings are now more than a foot tall, and strong enough to go out, but are at the ideal height for rabbit browsing.
I have created the two Stropharia beds though, and have posted the pictures.
The plants in the Polyculture experiment are starting to grow, with the clover beginning to cover the bed. I wanted to post some pictures, mainly to record the progress of the experiment. These pictures were taken two days ago.
Bon Fils/Three Sisters Hybrid
The first picture is of one of the test beds.
Polyculture bed 1
You can see that much of the ground has been covered by the clover, but there is some space at the front of this picture. I may need to sow some more. The next picture is of the second test bed.
With so many of my recent posts concentrating on bees and swarming, I thought that it was time to get the camera out, and show you what I’m up to in the vegetable growing areas, and show you the first pictures of my new, experimental, polyculture, or guild, which is a hybrid of Bon Fils grain growing, and the three sisters planting guild, but with a couple of additional twists.
Today was another successful day, with all of the jobs that I set myself, completed. Admittedly, I try not to overextend myself too much, but even so, I’m pleased with what I achieved. Two more beds re-orientated North to South, and Comfrey root cuttings taken, to propagate more Comfrey for creating Guilds next Winter More details, and some photographs follow.
I also have some pictures of my bamboo showing signs of growth, and some new pictures of the Sweetcorn seedlings, and tree seeds, from recent posts