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30/05/2017

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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
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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.

It’s all about the flowers!

22/04/2016

Flower sowing started just before Easter, getting those first seeds sown in the hot box for late April planting. I’ve gone slightly DAHLIA crazy this year and managed to halt at 7 different varieties that add up another 70 plants. I potted these up when they arrived and they are  starting to come up in the warmth of the prop tunnel. Last years DAHLIAS were cut back in the autumn and our old corridor carpet placed on top to keep out the frost, I will mulch these soon with a lovely layer of municipal compost and make sand rings to keep the slugs off (use a nice ‘sharp sand’!).

Other early sowings included: sweet peas,cosmos,tagetes,tithonia,statice,zinnia,snapdragon(go for pure white), achillea and coreopsis.

I will sow a successional sowing of all of these and add: Lupin ( blue sunrise),cornflower,craspedia,buplerum,borage,aster and cornflowers.

In addition direct into the ground i will sow, Ammi majus and Ammi visnaga and two shades of the wonderful Californian poppy (orange and ivory castle). Phaecelia will also go in in May to feed the bees and make the flower bunches beautiful.

At the moment i’m cutting my tulips to take to market and sell direct from ‘The Veg Shed’. These will be followed by foxgloves,honesty,sweet williams and early calendula bunched with yarrow,wild carrot and cow parsley from Hugh’s wild flower plot.

Liz 🙂

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