The Inkpot

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An 18 acre permaculture demonstration farm in South Lincolnshire

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What do we reckon? Keep the drips or paint over them? To go up on a roadside somewhere tomorrow...
It’s all about making babies here at The Inkpot this week. The handsome (if a little pungent) BillyBob is visiting the goat girls. Socks the ram may be the happiest & busiest boy around today as he went in with his 24 wives... there is a crowd of happy ewes with a lip curling grinning ram in the middle. Then tomorrow the cows are off to visit their ‘boy next door’ bull boyfriend x x
Beautiful autumnal morning here with the grazers x
Why do we call the turkeys our Woodland Managers here at The Inkpot? They get moved on each week to an area full of plants that have gone to seed, they happily scrummage around in them under the young trees we planted. They eat the seeds, leaves & insects. Then one of us will work along the hedge cutting blackthorn suckers, hawthorn & dog rose lengths, the turkeys favourites are rosehips & blackthorn leaves. Because of this diet, the turkey seem to eat a lot less of the bought in organic & GM free feed that they top up with. The area they leave behind is well fertilised & ready to spring into life again. The young trees get a prune & their tree guards checked. Thank you turkeys x x http://www.the-Inkpot/turkeys
Thank you everyone for another awesome Preserving the Harvest weekend at the Inkpot! Next year 8-9th September, save the date x x
Inkpot turkey fun
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to pop down to Totnes to visit some friends. The Apricot Centre, has moved from Essex to Devon, I can't believe that in such a short amount of time Marina & family, and Bob with the help of some awesome volunteers & a new veg grower, have done so much work. Huxhum's Cross, a farm bought entirely by community shares & the Biodynamic Land Trust is dripping with amazing food & so many fruit trees already planted. Well done Team Apricot Centre! Anyone who lives nearby, get involved, order your veg, go & say hello x x
The mystery of the missing sheep has not entirely been solved. But she has returned! On Tuesday night we had a storm here. The 'flerd' were down at 'Southbeck' the newest of the new fields. Southbeck is full of brambles & thickets of Blackthorn suckers. Angel (named by Martha aged 7) dissappeared overnight. We searched & searched but found no trace... as days passed I gave up hope of finding her alive. The flerd got moved home on Thursday & it felt so sad to leave without her. Yesterday we had a working party down there clearing some of the thickets trying to find her body... when hey presto... Suddenly Angel was there, happily munching away like nothing had ever happened... She is now happily back with her flerd. I've tried asking her where she went but she ain't saying nuffin x
It was a beautiful evening yesterday at Northbeck (the extra field). All the grazers happily mooching in the evening sun. A lovely diverse pasture & drinking fresh stream water, bucketed to them by hand by their staff x x
The Forest Garden is looking amazing at the moment... it's dripping with food, alive with insects & full of flowers. I love how you can bung in a load of fruit trees, fruit bushes, herbs, etc... pretty much abandon them and year after year stuff your face full of the freshest, juiciest food, with no chemicals, no money & bursting with flavour... what's not to love about this permaculture malarkey x x
It's been a weekend of animal moving fun at The Inkpot.. the grazers are on tour down on our borrowed fields the other side of the village... which means logistical challenges, loading lovely naughty ones, fencing, ragwort removing and general fun. There are happy munching grazers, happily settled for a couple of weeks & an eerily quiet field up here x