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These crisp, sunny mornings are what make this one of my favourite times of year, and the farm is starting to burst into life once again.

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Here we are experimenting with no-dig potato growing in last year’s chicken enclosure. The potatoes are simply bedded on a bit of manure and covered with rows of heaped straw that can be added to as the plants grow on.

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We use straw from a bale that got wet over winter and so isn’t suitable for the horse’s bedding. In this instance it is barley straw.

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In the early morning, mist forms in the hollows between the drumlins, and we are treated to the ethereal sight of the mountains appearing slowly in the distance.

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The placement of the large tunnel means it is one of the first things to get the morning sun, vital to get the temperature up as early as possible.

 

 

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