Costa del Fen
Everyone topped up their farm tans this time round at CropShare as the sun was out and definitely had a hat on. CropSharers planted out crops for autumn and winter harvest, like cabbages and lettuce on the tractor-mounted planter.
Of course the tropical weather meant that anything going in the ground needed a good slosh of water to keep it green and upright. Go CropSharers Go!
We also hoed all the different kinds of squash plants we planted before.
The plants are loving the sun and really going for it!
BEES! We had another bee swarm delivery from CropSharer Dave, this time they travelled in style by bike trailer! Thanks Dave!
The hive is up one field from the orchard and next to the broad beans where they can hopefully get busy doing some pollination for us! There’s plenty of wild forage around the farm to keep them buzzing too – we’ll be doing a plant life survey of the farm soon this year so stay tuned for that on the blog if you’re a plant geek like me.
Lettuces are looking great today and we gave the successional plantings done by CropSharers a good weeding.
However for every success story… The Brussels sprouts have been badly damaged by pigeons having a cheeky nibble this year.
Some worse than others…this poor plant has hardly any leaf left – take him to sprout A&E…
Obviously this really damages the plants as they loose resources and leaf area with which they could be photosynthesising. They will spring back, and the worst hit ones are now protected by bird-proof mesh so they get a chance to re-grow. At least Farmer Paul can still laugh about it…
As pigeons forage by sight we have a new theory that needs testing… will they leave darker leaved crops alone as they are less easy to pick out against background of soil? Oi! Pigeon! Leave our crops alone!
Great CropShare lunch as ever! Time for eating, chatting, relaxing…
Also had time for a bit of farm gymnastics!
We had a new CropSharer today- Khalid who is really intersted in organics and was interviewing CropSharers in the fields to prepare for an article. Hopefully we’ll be able to feature that on our blog!
Thanks all for your hard work- see you on the farm next time!