September Newsletter from The Really Wild Bird Food Company at Street End Farm
Well somehow, (miraculously) Richard managed to complete harvest slightly earlier than last year – despite the rain, rain and more rain. He took the opportunity whenever he could to grab a few acres combining
between shower bursts – better that, than waiting. And while this rainy weather continues the fields are too wet to cultivate and drill, so the drill is parked up in the farmyard – and Richard is increasingly frustrated. I don't think he is going to find the sunshine down there!
This years' yields have been excellent – despite worrying about very dry weather in April and May, the crops seem to have made up for lost time later in the summer. The bird seed crops we have combined so far include our canary seed, naked oats and oil seed rape.
This year, we grew the canary seed crop in a field beside our garden and we were delighted by the huge array of wild birds, and particularly the swallows which worked the crop, feeding on the mass of insects which the canary seed seemed to attract – fantastic! It is very humbling to think that very shortly they will head off on their journey to the southern tip of Africa- we will miss them.
The sunflowers and our white millet and red millet are still ripening and won't be harvested for a few weeks yet. The sunflower crop looks very strong and healthy this year.
This summer we had lots of photographers visit the sunflowers and I thought I would share three of their images with you. These two lovely shots were taken by Andreas Jones and show the sunflowers under a stormy sky and a spectacular sunset.
And at 4am Mark Upfield captured this beautiful sunrise.
In July we were delighted to hold a farm tour for the Hampshire Farm Women's Group. These ladies do lots of fantastic work raising money for agricultural charities and it was lovely to show them round our farm and tell them about our bird seed business. I am hoping to organise a couple of farm walks next year.
September and October tend to be the quietest months in the garden as far as bird feeding is concerned. This year – our hedgerows and nut bushes are festooned with berries and nuts – so it looks like a particularly bountiful year for the birds.
This quieter period in the garden is an ideal opportunity to make a start on a big clean up. With my veterinary hat on, I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to use this time to thoroughly clean and disinfect feeders and feeding stations, scrape up shucks and where possible, move bird tables and feeding stations to clean sites. Many of the organisms responsible for infectious diseases in garden birds thrive and multiply at this time of year, so proactive cleaning now will really reduce the build up of disease through the winter months. It is very upsetting to find sick or dead birds in the garden - so now is the time to really prevent that happening.
To help you with your big clean up (I am starting to sound a bit like a certain politician!) we have two great offers on Health and Hygiene products which will run for the rest of September and the month of October.
For all orders worth £75 or more, we will include a FREE 1 x 500ml Ark-Klens RTU disinfectant AND a 1x 250ml bottle of Vetark Citrosan sanitiser with your order. Combined, these are worth £11.90.
Free 500ml Ready to Use Ark-Klens
and 250ml Citrosan on all orders
over £75 or only £4 on all orders
over £25 for the rest of September
and throughout October2011
For all orders over the value of £25, you can buy 500ml Ark-Klens RTU disinfectant and 250ml Vetark Citrosan sanitiser for only £4 (saving a huge £7.90). When you go to checkout, you will be offered the option of taking this great deal!
Introducing our NEW Sparrow Seed Mix!
Our new Sparrow Seed Mix is going down a treat and has immediately become an extremely popular choice, with lots of customers finding that the Sparrows are significantly increasing in their gardens and they are reordering bigger bags! This new mix is a tasty blend of 11 ingredients – home grown cereal grains and dried mealworms – delicious!
And a thought for hedgehogs...............
As the hedgehogs start to fatten up in readiness for their winter hibernation, now is a really good time to put out extra food for them. We have a range of hedgehog food available and we have a special offer on our hedgehog feeder tray-, tasty hedgehog bites, complete with a really handy micromesh feeder tray which is now only £4.
Available while stocks last!
Well, I hope you have enjoyed my newsletter. As always, please let us know how we are doing, (good and bad!) we value your feedback.
Thank you for being our customers
Enjoy your birds
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