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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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flowers 2015

Happy New Year!

21/12/2015

After a nice festive break, we’re all back to normal now and will be at Salisbury market from Tuesday 5th January, every Tuesday and Saturday. Liz will be in Shaftesbury Thursday 7th.

The Veg Shed will be open Wednesday 6th, Friday 8th and then every Wednesday and Friday

Kensons farm cut flowers…are back

19/04/2015

This year has seen the return of me (Liz!) and my cut flowers. I grew cut flowers for a few years but more babies meant less ME time and less FLOWER time. With all the littles sprouted and off and away, i’ve got time again (veg the priority obviously!) to spend time on beautiful things.

An area of the farmyard that was an old pig shed until two years ago is now a lovely cutting garden. Hugh dismantled the building, took up the concrete floor that had been there for over 30 years, sowed green manure (phaecelia for all you green manure buffs!) and now is a sanctuary of calm and colour!

I’ve been selling my cut flowers at the markets and The Veg Shed since early July and i intend to keep going for another couple of weeks. I’ve enjoyed growing it all and will come back in 2016 with hopefully more. I have just planted my biennials, after sowing in July so hopefully will enjoy a slightly earlier return next year.

Thanks to everyone at market who have shown great interest in the flowers, they definately complement Hugh’s veggies well.

My lovely friend (and talented photograher) Jo Jacobs has just finished snapping away at my flower garden, pics up soon. For now we’ll have to make do with this cosmic image! I love veg but come on..how did nature make this!!??

flower power!!

flower power!!

2015 courses

23/02/2015

DUE TO US BEING IN A BIT OF A PICKLE THIS YEAR, THE LAST TWO COURSES ARE CANCELLED.SORRY.

HOPEFULLY MORE IN 2016.

Organic veg courses 2015

After the start of Kensons farm veg courses in 2014, we have a 4 part course to offer for 2015.
These are intended to run as a full course but can be attended separately.
COURSE ONE: ‘Intro to organic growing’ :MARCH 23rd Monday 2015 10.m-2pm
COURSE TWO: ‘Digging deeper’ : MAY 18th Monday 2015 10a.m-2pm
COURSE THREE: ‘Mid-season madness’ : JULY 20th Monday 2015 10a.m-2pm
COURSE FOUR: ‘Harvest time’ : September 14th Monday 2015 10a.m-2pm

THE COURSES WILL COVER; ROTATIONS,FERTILITY BUILDING,PROPAGATION,PEST AND DISEASE,FEEDS AND MORE……….
COST: £25 FOR EACH DAY OR £80 FOR ALL FOUR. (INCLUDES LUNCH AND REFRESHMENTS)

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, PLEASE EMAIL kensonsorganicveg@btinternet.com
Or leave your email address for course dates and details. Thanks Liz and Hugh.

broad beans in trays

broad beans in trays

Thanks ‘team veg 2014’

10/12/2014

It’s good to reflect on the year when we reach this point and what a year! We’ve had a great team this year and have sadly said goodbye to everyone (except Sarah..thanks for staying Sarah!!).

 Cosmos, to remind us of an outstanding summer

Cosmos, to remind us of an outstanding summer

Andy has finished his traineeship and has left to see what Australia can offer….keep growing veggies Andy. Mark and Alex left in late October to cycle through South East Asia and continue their world trip. We’ve had many lovely WWoofers also this year and thankyou for your hard work and humour on days when humour is the only thing to get us through.If you’ve been lucky enough to meet any of these people at the market or on the farm you’ll know that it’s a real team effort and we are looking forward to our new team next season…whoever they may be!!

THANKYOU ALL

New season squash

01/10/2014

The squash harvest has always been one of my favourite times of the year. I love watching them grow, filling the crates on harvest day with a jumble of amazing shapes and colours…and most of all eating! There are a huge amount of recipes for squash and i always say whatever you can do with a potato you can do with a squash…and more. Roast,boil,mash,risotto,curry,slow cook,stuff…….even make into a pudding!

Squash have definately gained popularity over the years and we have a few different varieties to offer, but get them quick as they won’t last long this year. The wet spring caused slow growth and slug damage but those that survived are DELCIOUS, thanks to the glorious sunny weather this summer.

Thanks Simon and Alex for heaving those heavy squash crates...lets eat them now!

Thanks Simon and Alex for heaving those heavy squash crates…lets eat them now!

Pumpkins!

01/10/2014

In May, our son Joseph sowed some ‘Jack o’ Lantern’ pumpkin seeds saved from last halloween. He got 100% germination and last weekend harvested, (with the help of his sisters, Martha and Annie) the result…. a lot of pumpkins!!

Annie chooses her favourite

Annie chooses her favourite

A future grower!?

A future grower!?

We will be selling them in ‘The Veg Shed’ and at markets from this week. At pocket money prices of £2.00 for a    HUGE one and £1.00 for a small, get your pumpkins and start carving to light up the 31st October.

halloween haul!

halloween haul!