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March 2009

T Sum 100 was a phrase that was much talked about back in my days as a hill farmer and it has a particular relevance at this time of year.

Snow has continued to be a feature over the last few weeks, not enough to cause real problems but we have had to “yoke” our old 1953 Fordson on a couple of occasions to plough the drive. I bought the old tractor for the princely sum of £400 several years ago. It had lain under a tree for 10 years on a neighbouring farm, an almost forgotten relic of a bygone age, however after a new battery was attached it coughed into life after a few turns of the engine and has done sterling work ever since. Bodywise it is showing it’s age but it is an ideal workhorse for us and is really regarded as “an old friend” rather than simply a machine.

Birdsong in March is a real harbinger of spring, even although the daily weather might suggest that spring will never come. Wood pigeons cooing and bustling about in the trees, song thrushes singing atop some mighty tree, robins warbling away discreetly and the mallard males,ever on the look out for females, chatting away to each other on the ponds. The various tits are busy inspecting any hole or crevice in the walls looking for that extra special hole which will provide them with security and shelter for their first nest of the season and the drumming of the woodpecker can now be heard on a daily basis. Spring is not yet obvious but the signs are there and are a joy to listen to or to observe.

Now, back to T Sum 100. At a seminar many years ago the subject was when to start applying nitrogen fertiliser to grass. The learned speaker suggested that after much research he had come up with a theory, ten consecutive days when the air temperature reached 10deg led to T Sum 100 and that was the time to get the spreader out and in that particular year the target had been reached on the very day of the seminar. An old farmer, suspicious of modern theories suggested that he may well be right but on his farm the ground was still covered in several inches of snow and he wouldn’t be greasing his spreader for several weeks yet. So it’s a theory, not perfect, but one to give you a guideline if you are itching to apply some fertiliser to your lawn.

Crocus,daffodils and miniature iris are justing waiting to burst into flower. Colour is returning to the gardens so come and enjoy the first signs of a new season. Innes

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