Last year was my first attempt to plant some vegetables. I didn’t really know what I was doing and just bunged it all into the ground without much though or care. This year, I decided to take things a little more seriously. First of all, I ploughed the land, with my beloved Massey Ferguson 135
I had a new companion with me for the ploughing, my new puppy Bud – who seemed quite at home next to me in the cab!
Once the ploughing was done, it was time to get some shelter erected. The Western Isles are well known for the strong winds here, and Ness is regularly top of the charts when it comes to wind-speeds, so a shelter is important if any veg are going to survive. This is my brother Innes and Uisdean, a boy that comes to help me on the croft, sheltering from the snow and wind while erecting the first of the sides of the shelter.
Next up was getting the land rotovated. Fortunately there is a guy in Ness that has a nice, big, tractor-mounted rotovator, and he did the vegetable plot and the potatoes for the pricely sum of £7. The earth was like sand once he’d finished
I’ll use this as an excuse to post another picture of Bud, who travels in style, every time he comes in the croft with me
Myself and my father finished off the shelter this week, and the first of the vegetables have been planted. I am holding off from planting many just now, though, as the weather has been quite cold. It’s due to change this weekend, so I’ll hopefully get some done early next week. I think the plot is looking pretty darn good now though!