Flowering!

Our first flowers have appeared!

It is late winter and our mountains glisten with snow.

New life has budded on our trees.

These flowers closely resemble the pea and sweet pea flowers, also family of the legume plants.

They give off a delicate and lovely scent.

  Small white flowers open and soon the trees will be buzzing with bees.

These trees will attract numerous bees to our farm and gardens.

Yet another wonderful benefit of this amazing tree.

And, in the months to come, these flowers develop into brown seed pods …

In abundance!

Order your seeds and trees now … ready for your spring planting.

Happy Farming!

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4 thoughts on “Flowering!

  1. hi Myles and Nadine,

    My hubby and I are buying a smallholding near Riversdale, close to the mountains, with rainfall throughout the year, with the driest period in January, and the wettest in March/April. We have 6 hectares planted under Kikuyu, and are planning to plant cash crops such as lucerne, teff, etc. Will Tree lucerne make a good cash crop?

    The farmers around us farm mainly with Dohner/Merino sheep and dairy cattle, and at present our land is being utilised by a dairy farmer to run his young heifers, and unfortunately they seem to have really damaged the pastures, as well as compacted the soil. The land lies in the bottom of the valley, with a slight gradient down to the river. With the vast amount of rain that we have had the past few weeks, the soil has become slightly marshy, but we are intending to dig draining trenches, and establishing a few more dams at the bottom of the property. At moment we have a large dam, and 2 smaller ones. The soil seems to be a loamy/clayey soil, black and very deep, and the previous owner did very well in farming vegetables. Will the lucerne trees do well here? Or will it be beter to grow seedlings in shadecloth houses and sell them to the farmers?

    What size bags are your 80cm little trees planted in? Do they stay in their original planting bags until they are planted out? How well do they handle transplanting?

    Thank you for a very interesting blog, it has really caught my interest, as we are looking for a method of intensive farming without using any form of chemicals.

    Kind regards

    Michelle

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    • @Michelle, thank you for writing. Here are some simple answers to you questions ~
      1. Lucerne trees are not a cash crop, but an excellent year-round supplement to normal seasonal grazing.
      2. These trees thrive in well-drained soils and do not like “wet feet”(roots) or dense, clay ground. They may do well on slopes. Once planted and established they send down tap roots up to 10m deep and cannot be transplanted.
      3. Our seedlings are planted out into 1 liter bags and can remain in these bags for about 3 months or until strong enough to be planted out.
      4. We plant our trees when they are about 50cm tall and start to form woody stems.
      5. All seedlings and trees must be carefully handled when transplanting them. Avoid any damage to their roots. Lift the entire plant from under the soil (leaving soil around their roots) and gently place into the prepared hole or bag.

      Hope this helps, with kind regards, Nadene

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