Here’s to 2019!

Our first farm gate stall

It’s the end of January of the New Year 2019 and we’ve assessed progress so far.

In 2018 we made a good start in getting the garden cleared and growing again. We’ve added loads of manure and compost to the soil and we’ve started a three year crop rotation around the vegetable plot. We had a great year for beans, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers and squashes. The celeriac and Brussels sprouts didn’t do so well.

We all agree that this year we want to grow more. We set up a greenhouse (generously donated by James’ mother) and built staging to go in it. We’ve also improved our other indoor growing spaces to make the most of them.

Our friends John and John cleared the water soldiers from clogging our pond, with enthusiastic support from the dog. We wanted that to be ready for when the frogs start breeding.

Next up was sowing seeds to go into these new houses. Customers who enjoyed our chillies will be delighted that we’ve re-sown lemondrop chillies and chocolate habanero chillies and well as others. Tomatoes, sweet peppers and aubergines have gone in too. Over the next few weeks we will sow a range of flowers with a view to start a cut flower garden.

And we’ve finally made marmalade! Nine jars of it but we don’t expect them to last long.

Here’s to 2019! Onward and upwards and on a full belly!