The first working day this year at the farm.
It’s good to see the garlic shoots appearing, although of course so are the weeds.
Among other jobs, new no-dig beds are being prepared.
Yesterday was the last workday before Christmas.
Over the past weeks, more patches have been cleared and manured and straw strewn over paths to avoid slipping on mud.
Crop yields have included carrots, brussels sprouts (green and red), swedes, leeks, celeriac and cabbages.
Working on the land can take it’s toll on footwear; here’s hoping Santa may provide…
Wishing all a very Happy Christmas and a new year of productive gardening.
A superb day to be carrying out autumnal jobs, including planting garlic and cleaning the plastic covering the polytunnels.
The compost bins need constant attention to ensure quality compost.
New members joining us brought an added bonus; a load of cardboard to help create additional no-dig beds and the paths between them.
Apologies to members not-mentioned who keep up with the weeding and those moving manure.
Raspberries are still being picked and added to the broccoli, chard, carrots, swedes, parsnips, borlotti beans, cauliflower, squash, etc in the take-home boxes.
Some days now there’s a crispness in the air. More of the veg patches are being rotovated, manured and covered.
Although less to take home, there’s a fair quantity of mixed veg plus some raspberries.
Many veg are maturing for picking in the next few weeks and there are still patches of colour from nasturtiums and phacelia.
Another productive day.
Autumnal activities include the removal of the climbing beans and weeding and manuring patches, and the year-round job of maintaining the compost bins.
And, produce picking – raspberries, carrots, beetroot, basil, leeks, runner beans, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet peppers and tomatoes.
In addition to our “take home” boxes today, we prepared one for an “Auction of Promises” to be held this Saturday, in aid of the preservation of our local church, St Mary’s.
The weather has changed. It’s still warm, not hot and we have rain. Today, 16th August, the rain held off until we had finished our coffee break.
After weeks of dry weather, gardening in the rain is a novelty, ‘though maybe not quite the amount of precipitation we had today. However, jobs need doing and produce picked.
It’s been such a mixed year so far; the weather and pests are blamed. But there are successes. This sunflower appeared, growing on it’s own in a polytunnel and is certainly doing it’s own thing. The stem is 6cms thick. There’s one flower at present but there are more buds.
Weeding of course continues, here amongst leek plants which have required covered protection.
Basil as usual is growing well, as are the tomatillo.
And the take-home boxes are pleasingly filling up.