Amazing growth from the carrots, beetroot and salad onion in the polytunnel

A week is a very long time on the farm in spring.  At least that’s how it felt as I surveyed the amazing growth put on by the carrots, beetroot and salad onion in the polytunnel and the sheer abundance of cow parsley that fringed the lanes, after a week away. The feeling was made more acute by having spent the week on the rain swept Isle of Jura which appeared to be revisiting early March.  Oh well, I always console myself with the sentiment that you don’t go to Scotland for the weather.  Remke’s father is a gardener on Jura and an enthusiast of less commonly grown vegetables such as chicory, sea kale and asparagus kale.  We returned home loaded with plants and seed and he has persuaded me to have a go at producing chicons of chicory.  You’ll know by Christmas if we have been successful.

Last week was a landmark for us because it was the first time in 14 years that we were able to leave the farm and yet still maintain normal service to all our customers.  I’ve been trying to work out whether this is a sign of success or not.

We grow all our vegetables on raised beds which are made using a bed former (once again, I’ve posted some pictures on facebook).  In this way we get a good depth of tilled soil without actually having to work the soil at depth.  The bed former can create a table top surface which is important for shallow drilling of small seed such as carrots.

Yesterday while bedforming the machine unearthed a huge stone which brought everything literally to a grinding halt.  Over the years I’ve brought tons of rocks from our fields (it is Stowey rocks farm after all) but this was the biggest and weighed in at 32kg.  Fortunately the bedformer is built strongly enough to survive such encounters.

Date Published: 
Thursday, 15 May, 2014