Farmyard capers

Wed 28 Feb 2007

Attended a farm auction at the weekend, a spectacular gathering of farmers, there were pick-ups and land rovers for miles parked up along the lanes. The massed body of people dressed in wellies and overalls was a phenomenal sight, very uniform, a specialised group that you rarely see on mass. The auction covered everything from the most dilapadated sheds and piles of timber to quad bikes and tractors. We bought some odds and ends, rag rugs and pottery (very tasteful).

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massed farmers considering the merits of a roll of barbed wire
massed farmers considering the merits of a roll of barbed wire
One of the rag rugs
One of the rag rugs

Kitchen garden emerging...

Sun 25 Feb 2007

...from the bracken!

Though it's taken so-o-o-o much longer than we expected to create, we are dead proud of this new experimental garden made on a shoestring - the Lawson Park Kitchen Garden. Its a southwest facing sloped site, some 50m x80m in size, that's around a quarter of an acre I guess.
The raised timber beds are mostly 4m x 4m (except of the large fruit bed), we would have liked them smaller for access but were stopped by the volume of materials we'd have needed. Paths are a generous 1.5 m wide, meaning great access, and finished in ungraded slate chippings, free locally.

Here's what I'll be trialling in the site this year, so far just celeriac, lettuce, broadbeans and tomatoes are sown in the unheated polytunnel:

Broad bean ‘ Green Windsor’

Celeriac ‘Prinz’

Dwarf french bean ‘ Purple Queen’

Runner bean ‘Czar’

Shungiku Chop Suey greens

Tomato Adine Cornue (in tunnel)

Parsley ‘Italian Giant’

Beetroot ‘Barabietola di Chioggia’

Leaf beet ‘Oriole’

Chinese cabbage ‘Nikko F1’

Broccoli Purple Sprouting Early

Cabbage ‘Vertus’

Corn salad ‘Louviers’

Squash ‘Blue Kuri’

Salsify ‘Mammoth’

Kale Dwarf green Curled

Courgette Partenon F1

Scorzonera

Leek ‘Bandit’

Cucumber ‘Marketmore’ (in tunnel)

Lettuce ‘Lattughino’

Lettuce ‘Rubens Red Cos’

Potatoes Red Duke Of York, Premiere, Maris Bard, Epicure and Orla

Onion ‘Purplette’

Red Orach

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