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About Kensons Farm

Kensons Farm is run by Liz and Hugh Collins and has been certified organic since 2001.

The vegetable crops are spread between two 5 acre fields, an acre of summer plots and seven 100m2 polytunnels. One of the most important crops is asparagus, which covers a further 3 acres. There are a few miscellaneous crops too, like strawberries and squashes.

The field crops are potatoes, brassicas, onions/leeks and carrot/parsnips. These are the main vegetables  for the period between late summer and early spring, either stored in the shed or braving the winter in the ground.

The main source of fertility is red clover and rye grass, which starts and finishes a rotation cycle. These green manuresprovide abundant organic matter to feed the soil, and the roots of clover

green manure

capture nitrogen from the air.

In the polytunnels we use lots of compost, as well as green manures such as phacelia. This is a marvellous plant originally from the Mediterranean, which smothers weeds trying to grow alongside and produces a lovely purple flower full of nectar, which is great for bees and other insects.

september 2012 harvest

liz in the leek plot

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