The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
Since starting to grow our own vegetables and be more conscious of our processes for doing that, we got interested in permaculture. The basic idea that a monoculture farm which works by clearing large tracts of land to grow single crops in isolation, it could be better to use more natural systems where plants integrate and live side by side.
It’s more sustainable and then if one crop fails there’s no disaster as something else should succeed.
One key principle is to have each aspect of your world interlinked with other aspects.
So we’ve got an allotment. We’ve got a house. We’ve got chickens at the house.
Chickens eat grain but they also eat kitchen scraps and weeds. They can also do weeding as they dig and scrape for bugs and plant material. They produce eggs which we can eat and manure that can feed the ground.
If we could somehow involve the chickens in our allotment it would create a more complete circle of processes.
This can be moved around land to spread the chicken benefits.
But we can’t keep the chickens at the allotment. They would deserve a visit every day and we’d find that hard.
So we’ve come up with a solution. Last week on Misery Monday, I posted that we’d done some digging and relocated the holiday home.
So today the sun was shining and
it was the perfect opportunity for a day trip. The plot is ten minutes away so we took them up.
The cage we use is small but they only had about ninety minutes in it which was time enough for us all to be busy weeding. This way they get a day out and we get some extra help on the plot. We make sure they have had worm treatment too, of course.
This was the other outing today. As the sun was shining there was honey and bumble bee action.
This giant bumble was very happy with the spring bulb strip that I planted in September.
We wanted a lifeline for pollinators so chose flowers that would cover January to July. The flowers are looking great along the path.
But what was more encouraging was seeing our own bees returning to the hive with pollen.
This is an indication that the queen bee is laying eggs and the worker bees are bringing pollen as a protein source as the larvae develop. That’s always good news in spring.
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