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Weeding day 4: King onion!

From Cambridge Onion Cropshare Scheme Let’s open this blog post with a big photo of our well tended onions! At the farm this time, our onions were looking bulked up and in full health. But what’s good for onions- plenty of rain and sunshine- meant the weeds weren’t far behind and needed knocking back.  This time round we learnt that red onions are not as vigorous growers as white, and we could see a heavier weed burden...
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Views from the cycle ride to our farm

Every farm workday, a group of our volunteers cycle from Cambridge centre to our onion plot. Check our earlier blog post for our cycle route. Just thought I would share with you some views from our cycle ride, as its a lovely part of the day. Photo: Axel Minet. On the old railway line, biking from Lode to Stow cum Quy.   While I was waiting for our cycling team to group at our Stourbridge Common starting...
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Weeding day 3: success!

We had a great time at our latest meet at Waterland Organics Farm. Our onions are really putting on the pounds now, and as the days get shorter they will start to bulk up quickly. Just looking back to some of our first posts its easy to see how much our crop has grown! From Cambridge Onion Cropshare Scheme Alas, the weeds have also grown…thistles, charlock and persicaria (Redshank)-but we got straight onto them with our...
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Visit to Oak Tree Farm

Joanne, head grower at Oak Tree Farm. I visited Oak Tree Farm, near Ipswich, on a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) networking event. It was great to have a nosey round someone else’s place, and collect ideas for our own project. Lovely to meet everyone! Polytunnel and green manure Homemade cold frames keeping squash plants protected   Oak Tree has an immpressive expanse of comfrey, which is used to feed crops all over the farm Peppers and tomatoes looking good...
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Weeding Day 2: Done and Dusted

One of our youngest members helping her Dad with her very own mini-hoe! Today at the farm we checked in with the onions. Coming along nicely- but so were the weeds!  Smartly dressed Paul shows us how its done! Weeding team ready to go We chatted about the life cycle of onions whilst working....
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Thanks to Cambridge Sustainable City!

Just a mini post here to thank our brilliant sponsor Cambridge Sustainable City for a Project Grant! What are we spending the money on? We’re going to buy some posh Zynck-Lysbro (what a cool name!) hoes with the grant, to really get on top of those pesky weeds. These are especially light hoes, making work in the field alot easier. Weeds here we come!! Hoes at the ready!...
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And the Royal weeding commences…

Today was our first team workday- and we got stuck in weeding our shared onion crop at Willow Farm. Here’s the team with hoes at the ready. There were not as many weeds as usual for the time of year due to the extremely dry conditions, but that is no reason to slack off Paul… Here’s a close up of how our onions are getting on- couple more leaves than last time! The main weeds that...
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Map for cyclists: From Stourbridge Common to Waterland Organics at Willow Farm, Lode

We’re trying to keep our transport as green as possible in our project. While we plan to take one full car of people/tools/equipment per farm workday trip when necessary, we encourage our volunteers to go along the lovely cycle route to Waterland Organics. It’s only 8 miles, and it mostly follows National Cycle Network route 51. Here’s the full route our intrepid onion cropshare volunteers are cycling. View Onion Cropshare cycle route to Willow...
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