Newsletter 6th June 2022

On the farm
I have to admit that I am struggling a little to write this week’s newsletter. It is number 807. That is quite a lot of weekly newsletters! It is not the number that has me struggling for words. Next week our farm goes to a closing date and we will find out who the new custodians of this beautiful little patch of land will be. It is hard showing people around, and I am full of mixed emotions. But life needs to become simpler and slower for Anne and I, and finding a new owner to cherish this land and hopefully to take the reins of Vital Veg is something we have to do. We have had a lot of interest, and a good number of those with notes of interest on the land are also interested in taking over Vital Veg. So, we are keeping our fingers crossed that the newsletters will continue after I hang up my hoe!

It is that of year again and the greenfly are outnumbering their predators at the moment. Hopefully things will soon be in a better balance. In the meantime some of this week’s green oak leaf have more passengers than we would like. We recommend plunging the whole head into a bowl of cold water to float them off. Hopefully there are not too many – if you feel that there are, then just let us know and we will credit your account.

Growing good
The outdoor crops are coming on a treat with the warmer weather. Having said that the night-time lows have had us biting nails wondering if the courgettes are damaged. But so far so lucky and all are OK. Most of the potato varieties are well through the ground, and it won’t be long before we need to start thinning the carrots and beetroots. The parsnips are a little slower, and I am hoping that they are going to come through a bit more otherwise our parsnip crop may be smaller than usual. That’s just the way it goes sometimes.

We should finish planting our leeks this week. We got the early variety Chinook in last week, but Cherokee, Oslo and Bandit have had to wait till this week. I am hoping that we can make a big dent in our brassica planting list this week as well. And then there are gaps to be filled in the tunnel crops, and more salads to sow. So all in all another busy week ahead!

It really helps us keep our own prices stable if you can return our boxes regularly and in good condition – please wipe them clean and leave them out for us to collect when your next delivery is due. THANK YOU