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May has started well

08/05/2013

The fields plots and tunnels have been buzzing with activity these last couple of weeks. James is doing a brilliant job getting ground ready, bringing on young plants, and keeping a keen eye on the crops and picking for market. Philippe continues to turn his hand to pretty much anything around the farm, finishing the new cold store this week and helping Liz with the chickens and The Veg Shed, as well as picking for market. Rosie and Vasil have arrived for the asparagus season, having been here last year. Vasil’s been doing loads of cultivations with the tractor, as well as planting and doing some fencing work. Rosie has tied up 100s of bean strings in the polytunnel as well as planting lettuce, spring onions, beetroot, celeriac, cauliflower, black kale and we all had a joint effort on planting the field onions.

Those onions have followed on from the Brussels sprouts and cabbages, and are looking good. We watered them last week, and they’ve had a few drops of rain in the last couple of days, so they’ll be well away soon.

Potatoes have been weeded once, by taking a harrow over the tops of the ridges. The leaves are just beginning to show. The first earlies are accent, which we haven’t tried before, but just might be nearly ready by the end of June.

The bunched carrots in the polytunnel will be ready before then, along with some broad beans with any luck. I’m glad we started all the broad beans in trays this year, considering all those cold temperatures throughout April.

So the new growing season is well under way. Have I mentioned the tomatoes and cucumbers? Well, they’ll be next in the polytunnel, following on from new spinach and the winter salad.

broad beans in trays

broad beans in trays

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