I have been tackling the pruning of the fruit trees. I have to admit that some of them haven't been pruned in the two years we have been here, and are a bit overgrown. I have given an Apricot tree a stern talking to as it has yet to flower and it is well and truly established so it might need to go and make way for something else!
The currants have all been cut right back, cuttings put in pots with fingers crossed, and when I clean out the chook house, the manured hay will be put around the currants for mulch.
The hens are still laying and I have been regularly getting 4-5 eggs a day from 8 hens. As they are all 2+ years old I am more than happy with that at this time of the year. We have been getting some good frosts, so the girls are pleased to see me in the morning with their warm rolled oats breakfast.
I have collected some hazelnuts and almonds and am looking forward to eating them super fresh.
The hazelnuts have their catkins on for winter. They are fascinating to watch as they emerge and open out. Such a nice contrast to the naked branches.
In the next month I intend to have the rest of the fruit trees pruned, the vege garden cleared out a bit and some compost spread about in preparation for spring planting. Then again, it is cold so I may just stay indoors and read some other blogs from the Garden Share Collective.