A rare visitor to our polytunnel

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A solitary Red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) spotted on the chives. I counted another 30 on the same bed all Buff-tailed or possibly White-tailed I think.Bombus lapidarius
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The apple trees are growing.

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It's now 16 months since our orchard was planted. Most of the trees are thriving with some slower growers too. This year we had to increase the height of the tree guards to combat our tall sheep. It was a time consuming task but an important investment for the future success of the orchard (we hope). 90% of the timber used was recycled from donated pallets. A big thank you to local businesses; A&M
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The birth of a cider orchard

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FORAGERS’ ORCHARD TAKES SHAPE231 apples trees (9 cider varieties augmented by some desserts, cookers and crabs) were planted in late March 2015 on an old, long-established wildflower and grass meadow.The planning stage was a vital part of the processNewly planted trees - March 2015To stake or or not to stake - that was the question??Our grass management team of 3 blackface ewes and 1 texel/mule wether
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Foragers' first season is now in full swing

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Fresh Cut Herbs Now Ready for HarvestingWe are now in full swing in this our first season.  We're still doing lots of building work in the polytunnels (raised beds and irrigation systems), erecting tree guards in our cider orchard (a bit of a Forth Rail Bridge job) and developing what will be our cider house & studio.The crazy cold & wet spring/summer has meant that many plants are quite
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.scot domain - expensive but nice...

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Since not all of the plants we're growing in the ‪polytunnels‬ are edible we thought we should purchase a new domain name, so we have opted for foragers.scot which we think will cover all bases. This year we have some Sweet Pea, Antirrhinum (Snapdragon), Lavender and Lemon Balm which will be available for sale at both Kippen Street Fayer and Balfron Primary School Fair on Saturday June 13th.
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All Apple Trees Now in the Ground

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We are delighted to have now completed the task of planting all 231 trees into our orchard. 9 cider varieties, 2 cooker varieties, 2 dessert varietiesand some crabs to encourage pollinators.Our next task is to build guards round the young trees to protect them from our small flock of blackface ewes who manage the grass far more effectively (and less costly) than a mechanised solution.  Thankfully
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Orchard Ready for Tree Planting

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Our 2 acre field will soon be an orchard.  9 varieties of cider apple trees are being planted in the next week or so.  Better get the spade out! With the windbreak/deer fence now complete and the sheep decanted to another area we are now marking out the location of the trees. OCD was kicking in so I think our lines are straight enough and spacing accurate using a low tech method with 5m measuring
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Foragers turns up the heat

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This year we are growing 9 varieties of chilli, ranging from fruity mild to seriously hot - Spaghetti, NuMex Twilight, Early Jalapeno, Supertramp, Trinity, Lemon Drop, Submarine, Rooster Spur, and Orange Habenero.  Available later in the year.Join our mailing list for seasonal availability and news updates.Download our flyer for a short description of each chilli.
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Speciality Tomatoes for this coming season

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We will be growing 6 varieties of tasty tomatoes this year;Outdoor GirlRed Brandy WineGreen ZebraGardener's DelightTigerella andBlack Cherry. All are eye-catching and big on flavour, ideal for chefs looking for a tomato which will enhance any gourmet dish.
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Forager's New Website

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We have finally published our shiny new (and responsive) website designed by The McAlpine Partnership (that's us by the way). We like variety in our lives and farming and graphic/web design certainly gives us that! (It's good to have an excuse to stay indoors when the weather is bad).foragersfoods.co.uk
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