Nurturing the soil and chasing rabbits
Foxes, buzzards and stoats pop by to say hello
April is all about fertiliser. The warmer temperatures and longer days encourage growth to start and buds to swell, so we need to nurture the vines at this vulnerable moment. Calciferous (chalky) soils lack iron, an important micronutrient necessary for the development of chlorophyll in the leaf, which is needed for photosynthesis. So we apply liquid iron by soil injection. We also apply a granular fertiliser with various trace elements needed for healthy growth and development of the vine and it’s reproductive parts (flowers.)
With spring we begin to see lots of baby rabbits, good news for the local foxes, buzzards and even the badgers, who all enjoy a tasty young rabbit. As I drove down the farm track the other day a stoat ran across in front of the tractor, no doubt looking for a rabbit. Which reminds of a joke:
What’s the difference between a stoat and weasel?
A weasel is weasily wecognised and a stoat is stoatally different.