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News Letter
Posted on Tuesday, 19 July, 2016 - 17:32
Our vegetable losses from insect pests this year are on course to increase since we are now affected by an epidemic of diamondback moth. The source of the recent outbreak is thought to be Europe (moths are carried on the wind) but the pest is endemic...
News Letter
Posted on Tuesday, 19 July, 2016 - 17:30
Many of you will know of my love of the first potato. The very first are lifted with a garden fork as we sample, expectantly to check the progress of the tubers.  When they are ready we use a simple, single row machine which lifts the plants and...
Blog Post
Posted on Tuesday, 19 July, 2016 - 14:54
I joined the growers for a couple of hours last Friday to have a go on our newest and (currently) most exciting bit of farm kit, the lazy weeder. The lazy weeder is much like a trailer of beds that gets dragged behind a slow moving tractor, with peop...
News Letter
Posted on Wednesday, 29 June, 2016 - 09:40
Thank you for the concern some of you have shown over our leek losses.  In a good year their potential value could have been about £7200 but half of this would have gone in harvesting and trimming them for sale so the loss is less.  In fact...
Blog Post
Posted on Tuesday, 28 June, 2016 - 13:50
It’s an exciting time of year for vegetables. The hungry gap is finally over, and the fields and polytunnels are rich with plant life. We’re harvesting plump, aromatic bulbs of fennel; beautiful, shiny young courgettes; rich and meaty aubergines, and...
News Letter
Posted on Friday, 24 June, 2016 - 12:11
When we survived the ravages of wireworm in 2006 I did not imagine that, ten years on, I would be faced with the same plague.  I have been powerless to do anything but watch the slow demise of 24,000 of our leeks as they are uprooted by jus...
News Letter
Posted on Friday, 27 May, 2016 - 13:50
... is the farmer’s boot, i.e. there is nothing more important in veg growing than to walk your crops on a daily basis. This piece of farming wisdom was passed on to me by a grower friend who, in turn, no doubt heard it from someone else.  Farmi...
Blog Post
Posted on Tuesday, 24 May, 2016 - 14:06
The polytunnels are bursting into life here at Stowey Rocks Farm. The peppers, aubergines and tomatoes have shot shot up, seemingly overnight, and the basil is being planted: as we sow, we're reminded of the overwhelming aroma that hits you when you...
Blog Post
Posted on Friday, 13 May, 2016 - 12:32
We planted our onions last week, and were promptly met by rain. Good news for the onions, not so good for the raised beds that needed to be made up for the carrots. If only we could control the weather and allow it to rain in one field...
Blog Post
Posted on Tuesday, 5 April, 2016 - 15:10
Spring is a challenging time for UK growers, but we're doing all we can to shorten the hungry gap and keep local folk in fresh, organic veggies. It's also an exciting time; a time to grow. The radish, kohl rabi and carrots are popping their h...

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