Mike from the Mac Farm came with his tractor this afternoon and tilled the garden. We don’t actually plough the land, that goes far too deep and brings up clay, but till the top few inches to give a good with for planting.
We also found that a sheet of “geotex”, the felted variety, on top of the stack from last fall had been used as the site for a cosy mouse nest over winter and in turn – as is commonly the case – a couple of gentle bumble bee queens had moved in and were converting it to their needs. The nest was gently moved and relocated leaving the bees a little confused but not at all aggressive. Rather a shame as bumble bees need all the help they can get but it’s early enough in the year for them to take up residence somewhere else.’