July 2011

July 2011

Free Range Turkeys:  This year we will be able to supply free range bronze turkeys produced by David McEvoy up the road in Termonfeckin, County Louth.  We are now taking orders for turkeys, and 2 days before Christmas customers will be able to collect their turkeys from us at the orchard.

3 Little Piggies:  The pigs continue to thrive and grow.  We moved them into the new field where they can find rich pickings of germinating barley grains in the soil.  We reckon they will be ready for slaughter around the middle of October.

New Field:  The winter barley crop was harvested from the new field near the end of the month.  We've been itching for the barley to come out, so that we can get to work on preparing the field for the up-coming planting of new fruit trees.  It is a wettish piece of land, which has had repeated crops of winter vegetables grown in it for several years - this involves heavy harvesting machinery rampaging throught the wet winter soil, destroying soil structure and damaging the land.  So we have a military-style campaign planned to carry out a series of operations in the field to restore structure and drainage to the soil.  The first operation right now straight after the grain crop is gone, is to bring in a deep sub-soiler to crack up the soil to a good depth, breaking up compacted areas.  We did this subsoiling in both directions, criss-crossing the field, and the timing was just perfect as the soil is in an ideally dry condition right now.  We followed the subsoiler with a deep grubber which further breaks up large compacted clods. Next month we hope to install some new drainage, and finally we will probably pllough and harrow it in preparation for the sowing of a nice sward of grass and clover to get the soil in good condition for tree planting.




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