Each year we also pack sheep fleece around the base of our young fruit trees which acts as a fantastic organic mulch. Not only does it suppress the weed growth and help the soil to retain moisture, but slowly releases nutrients directly to the tree roots as the fleece decays. Not to mention the birds, mice and bumble-bees enjoy the opportunity of collecting luxurious bedding for their nests.
While the spring and summer flowering meadows are in bloom in the fruit orchard, each year we install local bee hives to help with natural pollination. Apart from doing an essential job, the bees produce a beautifully flavoured honey. Each year the flavour can vary due to the mixed variety of plants in bloom at one time.