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Photo article from the Welsh Hovel - Fruit harvest plans 2021, starting with the strawberries & bad news for Ron Davies

Tom Winnifrith
Friday 5 February 2021

There has been great progress on all fronts and, this year, I hope for an abundance of apples, pears, plums, damsons, cooking apples, crab apples, raspberries, blueberries, rhubarb and more and there are photo updates on all to come. But I start with the strawberries.

As you can see, they now share a patch with the herbs at the far end of the inner top field. The workforce, for my role here has been 100% managerial, has not yet quite finished weeding and redirecting last year’s runners but this will be done by next week. At the same time, the trees behind will be cut back to maximise sunlight and then there are the 3 entrances to badger sets which are in the area.

Do not tell the RSPCA or former Welsh Labour leader Ron Davies, who was a great badger fancier and hence used to head off into the bushes on deserted country roads, but I do have to put my surplus bricks and concrete somewhere. One entrance at a time will be shut down because the damage these loathsome creatures cause to my lawns and the strawberries is just not on. Sorry Mr Davies, there will be no badger watching available in this part of Wales.

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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