Welcome to my blog
Keeping you up to date with whats going on here at the Silk Farm
with weekly updates.
Please feel free to comment.
By ricini, Jun 7 2016 03:17PM
I have been fortunate to get some new Bombyx varieties this year.
A new page showing all the varieties i rear is being put together & i will add new picytures to it as the season goes on. The variety shown with this update is :
Bombyx mandarina x Bombyx mori D11 The pictures show the different silkworms that come from this hybrid & the lemon yellow cocoons,
Unfortunatly i will not be at the Hellens Garden Festival this coming week-end, this is due to the amount of rearing at the moment & i need to be here all the time.
By ricini, Apr 19 2016 06:02PM
Bombyx rearing is now in full swing with some new & very rare varieties. I will put some pictures up when they mature.
The mulberry trees in the polytunnel are growing at a pace. With the cold nights fleece is being used just to keep the frost off them. The mulberries outside are just showing signs of waking up.
Eri have done very well through the winter, rearing has been cut down to a minimum at the moment while i wait for the lilac to grow & with this cold weather the caster seeds are still waiting to be planted.
No pernyi out yet but i am sure it will not be long, all pernyi are now sold out so i am sorry i will not be able to offer any more livestock this year.
By ricini, Mar 19 2016 03:07PM
Artificial food for rearing Bombyx silkworms is now available for sale in the shop.
Easy to make & feed to Bombyx & ideal for rearing out of season or when no fresh foliage is available.
The first few silkworms are now for sale as the rearing gets underway. There should now be silkworms for sale every week right through the year. They are being reared on artificial diet but can eaily be transfered to fresh mulberry foliage at any time.
If you have any questions please ask.
By ricini, Mar 12 2016 11:51AM
Bombyx livestock will be available from next week as larvae [silkworms].
A new web page is being set up for livestock sales & will become live on Monday 14th March.
Bombyx will be sold in instar stage only.....there are 5 instars from hatching from the egg up to fully mature. So there will be 5 price breaks according to which instar you are buying.
Bombyx silkworms are delicate & will be posted by 1st class signed for delivery ONLY. They will be feeding on mulberry artificial diet but can be transfered onto fresh mulberry leaves with ease.
* Please note they will not transfer back to artificial diet once fed on fresh foliage.*
By ricini, Feb 25 2016 09:51AM
The time is nearing for our Bombyx rearing to start.
Rearing will begin in 1 weeks time & then continuously for the rest of the year. This means we will have Bombyx livestock available for sale in all stages at all times with silk being produced on a weekly basis.
Out of season Bombyx rearing will be on artificial food, October to May. In season rearing will be on both artificial & fresh mulberry foliage, June to Septmber.
Ricini rearing is going very well, & well on target for continuously rearing by the end of the year.
Please keep an eye on this blog for updates & the shop for livestock sales.