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General News : We had our planting machine out in force last week, all our onions (over 50,000 plants) celery and celeriac are now in the ground. We have actually planted a selection of most crops at this stage and will continue to do so throughout the summer. The first broccoli and cabbage plants are coming along nicely if not a little slowly (due to all the cold weather) and are safely nestled under the relative warmth of a fleece.
We used to plant everything by hand but these days we use a transplanter to put most of our plants in the ground, I have put together a short clip to give you an idea of how this works. We are planting celeriac here.
Harvest News: As I mentioned last week we are slap bang in the middle of the hungry gap. But we are still very busy harvesting the salad, cabbage radish and parsley are all freshly harvested. We also have loads of scallions rocket and spinach. You can look out for courgettes (not on our own ) and other goodies over the next few weeks as we supplement the produce with bought in stuff.
Dec and Enda transplanting cabbage and broccoli
Enda Dec and Ramona planting celeriac
Ramona firming in some cabbage plants
Gardening tip: If you are doing a little gardening now, then you should be coming to the point where most of the crops are in the ground and you can take a little breather. This won’t last for long as when we get a little bit of heat and moisture we will get the first real flush of weeds. This is when you have to be vigilant and keep on top of them, especially when they are still small. We are very much of the opinion on the farm that we keep the weeding to a minimum where possible. For the best chance of success you should try this approach too. There are two ways to do this, the first is to use ground cover. So you cover the ground with a material such as “Mypex” and then plant your plants through it, this allows your plants to thrive and it vastly reduce the amount of time you need to spend weeding. WE use this method for crops such as tomatoes, courgettes, and wild rocket. Why not drop in to your local garden centre next time you are passing and buy a roll, it will make your gardening experience much more pleasant. I will give you a another tip next week on minimising weed control.