Wednesday, 22 June 2011

What we should be doing - June 2011

It's almost the end of June, and we still have hundreds of squash plants ready to be transplanted, but dare we say it, it's been a bit wet and cool over the last couple of weeks!!
But here we are in action, transplanting courgettes and sweetcorn a few weeks ago before the rain came, both these crops like a bit of sun, and the courgettes particularly dislike cold nights and windy days so aren't doing too well at the moment.
Courgette plants in plug trays

David Brown tractor loaded up with plants
Martin driving and checking the transplanting is going OK

Jane enjoying her work!

Jane and Sam on the transplanter feeding the sweetcorn plants in.
 For crops that we grow 3 rows to a bed, there will be a third person on the transplanter

Lovely, neat rows of transplaneted sweetcorn and courgettes

Sunday, 12 June 2011

What's happening in June

We finally got the rain we so were so desperate for, about 25mm on Sunday 5 and Monday 6 June and have had more since then, and everything is growing well and no need for irrigation for now, happy again!  
Ridging up potatoes before the rain (with a little help)

Picking up the first of the new potatoes by hand

Seeding into module trays, the majority is done now, but crops such as lettuce will be seeded every 2 weeks until August.
Sweetcorn and courgettes transplanted into nice moist ground, but not enjoying the wind and cool nights since.
Our quiet bird-scarer, a hawk kite, acts as a potential predator keeping smaller birds away from the crops
Basil growing well in a polytunnel, the scent from so many plants
is amazing
Nasturtiums just starting to flower to brighten up the salad bags

Squash plants ready to be transplanted.