Between ploughing and harrowing and carting manure, it is good to get out and enjoy the fantastic place we live in - a welcome change for the horses, too!
What a change to a month ago! How wonderful to see the soil dry out! To feel it warm up slowly!
So, last week, finally, with the help of our meitheal group and our two horses, we got the potatoes planted in one short day. What a relief to get this job done.
Afte the potato job was out of the way, it was straight on to the next patch of field to be ploughed. This proved to be tricky with our Norwegian plough, as the area was slopy and the soil still quite damp. As the plough we used does not have wheels and the angle of the mouldboard cannot be adjusted, the turned over soil was layered at an angle too steep really, as you can see from the photo - the grass still sticks out at the edge...and would grow again in a hurry!
So I decided to start harrowing straight away, to pull the grassy bits apart, in the hope that the grass being uprooted with dry out and die...