Horse Power

Thanks to some neighbours, we have a continuous supply of fresh horse manure
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Some is laid down to rot but the most exciting use is to power the hotbed
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Up until now, we kept on adding new material but today we modified the system to allow continuous throughput
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So there was space to top up
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and prepare more germination space
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Elsewhere in the same polytunnel
Strawberries are flowering (and spiders are flourishing)
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The vine is starting to bulge
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and beneath is space for fennel, ferns and frogs
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The First Radish rises
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The Fig tantalises
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Parsley and mint are given space
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The horse manure neighbours had their first swallow two days ago – ours usually arrive a few days later. Meanwhile we have to be satisfied with other signs of Spring:

The Blackbird defending his territory
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The Guineas asking when they can move to their new pastures
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The ducks keeping an eye on the weather station
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and things happening down at The Lake
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Lottie hopes her exciting swamp does not dry up too soon
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and the kitchen window Vole feels slightly more relaxed
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