Its almost Christmas time at the farm. We have had some very frosty mornings but no snow yet. Some of our wildlife is hibernating and many of our water birds have migrated to warmer parts of the world. Never the less, there is always something to see at Frogmary Green Farm. Today I am watching a blackbird pecking around the garden for insects and seeds.
The broad beans we planted last month have already grown a couple of inches and will provide us with a great crop of beans in the Spring time. Broad beans are one of the few beans that grow right through the winter and I always look forward to seeing the bean flowers in the spring time which soon grow into pods. Many flowers rely on bees to fertilise them and often its honey bees that do the work. But broad beans are fertilised by Bumble bees. Lets hope that our bug hotel has helped some of them survive this winter so they can get to work on our Broad Beans in the Spring time.
If you go out for a walk over the holidays look out for Pine cones, they are so useful for making Christmas decorations and some of you may have used them to make owls when your class visited the farm. You could use them to make some Winter elves like the ones pictured.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to more school visits in 2018