Finally, the last leaves on our beets have turned. With persistent good and pleasant weathers,temperatures have tumbled, closing that ‘open-backed’autumn. About time too; some of our winter crops are looking incredibly lush and forward. They need to slow down and prepare themselves for harder times. Ideally, temperatures drop slowly, allowing plants to toughen up gradually. So far the winds have been mild; close to ideal in fact. How often does a farmer say that?
By the time you read this the last of our carrots and potatoes should be in store, which always brings on a warm and contented feeling. . The carrots will be good to the end of August and some of the more green varieties, with careful management, can be kept until June. Most carrots are grown on very sandy land, left under a protective layer of straw between two layers of plastic. This makes them easier to wash, but they lose much of their flavour. Our carrots, grown slowly on loamy soils, might not be as pretty but they definitely taste better.
In our local farms, having finished harvest for the year, we are busy planting kale. For months kale has been , with mixed success. After trying it on a small area in the we have been seduced by the larger varieties and ; the first fresh kale will be in your boxes next week.
Sowing green beans is always a gamble. Too early and they become too big ,too late and they germinate slowly, making them susceptible to the weak pathogens endemic in the soil, as well as to the local crow population. This week feels about right, so we will make use of the dry weather to sow the crops for the boxes.
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