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Flowers to order

30/05/2017

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Job Vacancy

17/05/2017

IMGP3797We have a vacancy for a self-motivated, keen and energetic person to join the team. The position is residential on the farm, 40hrs per week with a little overtime at weekends during the asparagus seaon. As you can guess, the growing season is well underway, so there’s lots of cultivating, planting, weeding, watering, picking and packing. This is a great learning opportunity, or the chance to extend existing skills. Please email Hugh veg@kensonsfarm.co.uk with your CV and a short letter. Look forward to hearing from you.

Polytunnels 2017

07/02/2017

Since we started growing veg here at Kensons farm we have grown from our 10 acres to now 26 acres of converted organic land. We don’t grow on all of this all the time as organically ground is left fallow after its crop rotation has finished. We have had 7 polytunnels up now for several years but haven’t expanded this indoor protected cropping area for some time….until now!

2017 has seen the start of the protected cropping expansion and Hugh, Joe and Becky have been busy erecting! We now have a triple span up and ready to have its plastic put on in time for early salad.

This extra space will mean more leafy greens will be available in spring and throughout autumn and winter:chard,spinach,indoor kales,salads.

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Christmas at Kensons farm

19/12/2016

The Veg Shed is open EVERYDAY this week Monday to Friday.

Come and get your Christmas veg here or at Salisbury: Tuesday and Christmas Eve and Shaftesbury Thursday.

Happy Festiveness to all 🙂 Thank you for your custom in 2016.

Squash harvest 2016

06/10/2016
Well done Becky, Phil and Joe.Great harvest!img_3335
Buttercup and uchiki kuri
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Winter sweet (crown prince type)

Raspberries are ready!

19/09/2016
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Erica, you taste so good.

I know i’ve posted this twice today (repeated on Seasonal veg) but i’ve got to shout this one out… RASPBERRIES ARE READY!!

We grow Erica as our autumn raspberries and although our taming of them maybe a bit hit and miss, they are here. Their flavour is the best,to consume just as they are or any way you choose.

Our daughter, Martha, has baked this great cheesecake for us. Thanks Martha, can we have another one?!

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Just one more slice!!……

The flower patch 2016

19/09/2016
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My favourite flower

From the first foxglove to the abundance of colour and variety that my flower patch had produced this season, i have loved every moment of sowing,plating,harvesting,bunching and selling of these beauties. Nature is amazing and the colours and scents can’t help but make you smile 🙂

My small patch (which i have stuffed full!) has supplied three weddings, many markets from May  and other occasion orders in between.

 

With successional sowing i’m still managing to harvest statice,dahlias,zinnias,astrantias,nigella,verbena,gypsophilia and a few others that will hopefully take me to the first frost

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Dahlias

This year at market i have been asked frequently how i grow my dahlias. I don’t dig up in autumn but lay old carpet down after i have trimmed them down.In Spring i remove the carpet and hoe like mad to eliminate any slug eggs waiting to hatch and feast! When they start appearing i build sand rings with builders sharp sand. Some slugs are bold,fearless and obviously don’t feel pain but most stay away and the dahlias get high enough that the slugs get bored and find some thing else to munch on (the veg usually!). My beds also aren’t surrounded by grass but by concrete farmyard and i tend to clear away any big stones or wood were they can hide, wooden raised beds are a great slug hotel!

The next job is the planting of my over wintering biennials (foxgloves,sweet williams,wallflowers,hesperis) that i sowed late June and of course bulb planting in November for those early Spring bouquets. I will also sow sweet peas this autumn as they are a hardy annual to give me a strong early flower (in the tunnel) from April.

Liz 🙂

 

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Flowers!

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Zinnias,borage,calendula,verbena.