Saturday, 26 December 2015

Freshwinds Review 2015 Part 1

I have taken so many photos at Freshwinds Garden this year, that I am finding it hard to choose which ones for this review. I have decided to do it in two parts as there are so many things
 I want to include.
Overall it has been a good year and the garden has certainly been very productive.
I once would never have admitted this, but the animals have been an added attraction, to myself and the visitors, especially the children. I have missed them now the winter months are here.
Our family and extended family have enjoyed coming to help, see the animals or just enjoy tea, buns and scones when we have a break.
Many projects have been completed and there are many more in the pipeline.
Here are the pictures....

January saw the two donkeys Rosie and Alice, warm and sheltered in the barn.

The empty polytunnel was ready for the off with dahlias safely buried in soil and under old carpets.

The compost had rotted down well, another January job.

There were lovely days for teabreaks in February.

The garden was just coming back to life.

The orchard was enclosed to make a rabbit and guinea pig run.

In March the first lambs were born.

We began to rethink the entrance area.

And the work on the cob shed floor began.

 New arrivals caused a stir.

More lambs were born and one mother had seven babies.

 In April we set up the craft shop on the costermongers cart.

The polytunnel got a new set of pockets which have proved very useful for smaller items.

The frogs and newts returned to the pond.

In May the polytunnel was planted up.

The beds were protected by old net curtains at this stage in the year.
It worked.

We cut chestnut poles for the bean rows.

 This was Flash Harry in May.

We also set up the little nursery.

In June we had the first discussions regarding the opening of the garden for Farm Africa.

Wrens nested under the old yurt cover.

The chickens loved pecking over trugs of weeds but most of all they loved the worms.

Harvesting began in earnest.

And the polytunnel began to fill out.

And that`s just the first half of the year.
More to come.


  1. It's so nice being able to look over the year like this. I look forward to seeing the second half x x

    1. Thank you Gemma. Next half coming up this evening. Happy New Year to you. Are you coming to Freshwinds in 2016?

  2. Makes you want to start again as soon as poss - but it's pouring today!

    1. Yes it is horrible here too but there are plenty of jobs to do indoors and brother`s house to visit and yummy meals.