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.
Look at the great midwinter harvest! The farm is in great shape this winter.
It’s nearing the cooler months, but much has been done over the past weeks.
Many hands make for quicker planting of garlic and onions.
Under cover, chilli peppers have been removed.
Freshly laid manure has been broken up.
Grass still requires occasional mowing,
and the box to take home continues to contain good produce.
A good, productive morning, both from work done and produce picked and dug up, while colours continue to brighten the veg patches.
Autumn has certainly arrived but crops are producing well.
Covering the soil with Mypex certainly slows down weed growth, except through holes as seen here where thistles have found escape routes, but now have been removed and replaced with cabbage plants.
Working as a community, climbing beans were harvested from both sides of the frame supports and weeds added to the compost bins.
The celeriac is growing well.
Companion plants and bee-friendly flowers are adding colour, as are the bright tomatoes.
There’s plenty to do and extra helpers as it’s the school holidays.
There are a few problems with eg runner and climbing bean plants not growing but overall, as can be seen, crops are producing well.
Although the temperatures were hot much was achieved, including harvesting the first lot of garlic while the take-home boxes contained a range of goodies.
It’s good to see the leeks and climbing beans free of weeds, with flowers on the beans.
Red currants have ripened , plus some raspberries
added to take-home produce – broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, potatoes and strawberries.
A good morning’s work with a rewarding take-home box.