Wednesday, February 23, 2011
A day at the farm
Caroline & Eddie Robinson were our hosts last Sunday at their farm in Templemartin. We could not have asked for nicer more welcoming hosts - we even didn't bother about the wet weather.
We all were clever enough to have weatherproof clothing (I even bought new wellingtons) and after a short introduction to Caroline and Eddie's background, we started our tour. Eddie explained the tools and their uses and how to prepare the ground - he also gave great tips on how to make the hard work easier.
Caroline then took over and explained how to handle seeds and compost. She explained how to store, plant and take care of the seeds. She has a great setup and we all got great hints and tips. We then moved on to the polytunnels - although they were mostly empty it was easy to imagine how they look full of wonderful fragrant plants. Eddie is also very inventive when it comes to customize tools. Caroline explains how to plant the seedlings and how to take care of them.
Having our gardening minds excited, Eddie took us on a walk through the outdoor fields. He is a great believer of rotation the crop every year and leaving fields empty and cover them with clover to make sure that all the nutritions are returned to the earth.
We ended the day with a lovely cup of tea/coffee and some homemade cakes.
Thank you Caroline & Eddie for a wonderful day.