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.


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.



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.


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.


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.