We are very
committed to organic methods because they are the only sustainable ones for the
environment. We wish to build up the soil structure and to foster the life of
those wonderful little micro-organisms and worms.
We have been using natural, approved methods since day one. Fortunately, there
are now good supplies of certified organic fertilisers, seaweed solutions and
Bantam hens run through the orchard, feeding on the grubs and fertilising the
soil areas. [we need to enclose them in electric fencing because of fox attacks]
In winter, we graze our small flock of sheep on the orchard pastures. But the
pet sheep love to nibble on apple leaves and buds, so they are banned the rest
of the year.
We have also been using pheremone ties to regulate codling moth (the ties serve
to attract the male moth, and so distract them from the females). This has been