Easter Tree

It’s starting to feel a lot like spring now, which means it’s time to get the Easter tree up! It’s definitely a way to keep the kids entertained for a few hours anyway, so here’s a step by step guide to brighten up your Easter table…

1. Start off by taking a walk around your local park or woodland and collect long small branches that have fallen down. Try and find as many with lots of mini branches.

2-3. Second step is to prepare the branches ready for the vase. Using a pair of garden snipers just cut down the branches to the height you desire. A top tip is to cut them at different lengths so there is lots of variety.

4. Pick a vase and arrange these – it will be a lot easier to play around with once you see the ornaments on.

5. (The fun bit) Decorate the tree with mini Easter eggs, chicks and ribbons. You can even make these yourself if you have the time!

6. Lastly finish off the tree by adding a decorative ribbon around the vase or even add in some fresh spring flowers to brighten it up!

Make sure you send us photos of your creations, we’d love to see them!

Spring forward

The daffs are out, the lambs are being born (not pictured!) and we’re all set for the clocks to go forward in just a few weeks. It’s official, spring is well on its way.

cows on home farm

It’s this time of year that we really make sure our grass on Home Farm is as healthy as possible. After a cold winter it is now that our fields need a lot of TLC to get them back to their best and growing plenty of fantastic quality pastures for our beef animals to enjoy.

So how do we do this? First of all we want to make sure that we get rid of all the poor grass so we use a chain-harrow which pulls out any thatch and weak growth. The harrowing also breaks up the soil which allows for plenty of air and light to reach the base of the grass that remains, encouraging much more healthy and dense growth.

We then use a roller which helps to level the ground and repair some of the damage caused by the animals’ hooves. Rolling also encourages the healthy grasses to tiller and spread so the fields are as thick and rich as possible.

Maintaining the grassland is very important when producing good quality grass-fed meat, as all the other plants such as clover and herbs add to the exceptional quality and taste. It also means that we can make the very best hay and silage throughout these warmers months ready in time for winter.