Tag Archives: scythe

Scything under an Electric Fence

A throw back to May 2020, during Lockdown 1. Periodically cutting the grass along the fence line stops it touching the bottom wire and shorting out the fence. Vegetation touching the electric fence decreases it’s power and efficiency (and increases the chances that the livestock will break through!). The scythe is the ideal tool for the job 🙂 And oh if we had that much … Continue reading Scything under an Electric Fence »

The Scythe Association of Britain and Ireland

For those of you who have not come across it already, do pop over and visit the website of the Scythe Association of Britain and Ireland (SABI). The Windrow – a good read SABI produces a newsletter, called The Windrow. Interesting and informative, the latest issue and the back catalog are available to view here. Scythe Local Given the current Covid situation, we’d really like to … Continue reading The Scythe Association of Britain and Ireland »

New Falci blades and Welsh Made Peening Benches

Scythe Blade Bear Sticker

The Falci order is here! Despite the lashing June rain, we successfully took delivery of a pallet from Italy yesterday. For those of you who have been patiently waiting, the Falci 187 Short Ditch Blade is back in stock! (EDIT 24/06/20 – wow, they’re all gone already! Please sign up for our Newsletter to be notified when it is back in stock.) We are also … Continue reading New Falci blades and Welsh Made Peening Benches »

Mowing a Lawn with a Scythe

We are often asked if it is possible to mow a lawn with a scythe. The answer is yes and there are many people in the UK doing just that! Lawn mowing can be a test of a scythers skill, it takes some thought and practice to do well. Here is a summery of the factors you need to consider if you are thinking of … Continue reading Mowing a Lawn with a Scythe »

A Late Bracken Harvest

What to do if you’re running low on animal bedding? Go out and harvest more! The bracken on our farm needs controlling, but it is also an incredibly useful resource. Amongst other things, we use it for cattle bedding. When the autumn harvest began to run out, Phil and I took a late cut from a scrubby corner. Despite a winter of rain and wind, … Continue reading A Late Bracken Harvest »

In Praise of Bracken

 Bracken tends to get a pretty bad press, and with good reason. However, bracken can make a positive contribution to a habitat, garden or farm system. On our holding we have come to value rather then fear our stands of bracken. Bracken as part of Britain’s Ecology Bracken is natural part of the British flora. It provides valuable habitat for small mammals, birds and reptiles … Continue reading In Praise of Bracken »