Bee keeping at Ballybroom

21/11/2010 Broom (Cytisus spp) seems to have no value to bees- at least through spring flowering. The Escholchia- One day poppy or Californian poppy in river bed- no value to bees. Bees are flying out to John’s place- assume it is the dryland paddocks with lots of clover that is drawing the bees. A […]

Selwyn River - flood damage and willow regeneration

Mid to late summer after severe winter storms provided a real surprise. About 4 years ago we ripped in a line of willow and poplar poles. Trichocarpa poplar and CM4 willow. Well severe floods ripped out half of the line and left us with shingle and a deep channel which dries out to dry […]

River protection

Some of you know- we are no longer ordinary toy farmers- we now own bits of our adjoining river- in other words it has raged its way onto half our land, down at the bottom. So, we are putting in a heap of trees, with local council blessing, via a diminimus consent. Yogi poplar […]