On Wednesday our neighbour, Jean-Pierre, very kindly took an hour off from maize planting and brought his large tractor to plough the wild-flower 'field' (it has worked out to be exactly one third of an acre). As we said, it is the area beyond the pond and it is quite a complicated shape, and includes some very nice trees - but Jean-Pierre and tractor were great, breaking up the turf and then rolling it to a fairly even surface, ready to take the wild-flower seeds:
A really brilliant job - and one that would have taken us days to do with a rotivator and by hand. However! ... the seeding has to be done by hand and it is important to ensure an even spread of the seeds - the seed mixture includes a range of seeds, some of which are quite large but others almost microscopic - so, we started by making a one metre frame and moving this 'step by step' across the ploughed area:
- measuring out the correct amount of seed per square metre - 4 grams:
The area, as we've said, is around 230 square metres .... so, this method soon felt like being rather labour-intensive'! So, we changed the method to one metre-wide lines across the area and allocated 40-50 grams per line:
Well, sowing is now complete - and since then we have had a halving of temperatures (from @ 28 degree C to 14 degrees), but also some rain, which is helpful. Germination should take place within 6 weeks or so - by the end of June .... there will be 'photos (or not)!
Simon lives at Nichoir, Le Bruel, with his wife Noella. They moved here in May 2013, with their Newfoundland dog, Oska, and their cat, Snufkin. Together they have set out on an adventure to create what they hope will be home from home for family and a rather special Chambres D'Hotes for guests.
Simon & Noella Mauger, 'Nichoir', Le Bruel, 81340 Lacapelle Pinet, TARN, France