It was a cold but glorious January day. There were 3 of us, in a bubble, but very aware of COVID. Diss Community Farm is doing well, although we all miss coming at the same time, and our lovely coffee and cake breaks. We have regular Zoom meetings, and keep up to date using an online spreadsheet, and a white board in the caravan.
Today’s harvest was quite small: broccoli, leeks (which we are sharing with the rabbits) and a last stalk of brussels sprouts.
Mostly, we are getting ready for planting. The photo shows one of our no-dig beds, where we are putting a thick layer of compost, so the new plants will have just that to grow in.
We had our first working day of the Coronavirus Era yesterday. We had our coffee break outside on the tables, for the first time this winter, and even then we spread ourselves out widely.
But we were all there!
Some of us will not come to the Tuesday work days for the time being, but will come at other times, and we will liaise by email as to what needs to be done, what to harvest.
We did have quite a large harvest this week as you can see from my boxes. That was partly finishing off some of the last season’s veg to make room for new planting, like last bits of the brussels sprouts plants, and some cabbage fragments. Also, the leeks are beginning to bolt, so we did a very large harvest of them. Not many of them left now.
The weather was mild and windy, the sky was blue, with low clouds whizzing along under a higher layer of slower clouds. Working on Diss Community Farm was a wonderful way to spend a few midwinter hours.
We had quite a full turnout of our regulars, and our usual excellent coffee and cake. We had a good harvest for midwinter, leeks, sprouts, salads, broccoli, red cabbage, and did quite a bit of useful work, weeding, preparing our no-dig beds for planting, layering the compost piles.
Last Thursday we had an excellent turnout, including lots of children who were off school, and one grandmother. The weather was wonderful, so we had our coffee break outside for the first time this year. And we also got a lot of work done.
We’ve had no frosts recently. Instead, warm temperatures for February, so weeding was possible outside, as well as in the polytunnel where salad leaves are ready; we’re just waiting until there are enough for us all to share.
Compost continues to be removed from the bins (as the sign says) and distributed on the patches.
As for the “take home” boxes, they’re very welcome at this time of year, making all the hard work worth it.