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Vital Veg, organic farm, potatoes
Posted on Monday, 12 April, 2021 - 21:10
On the farm The great catch up begins! As we emerge from the grasp of winter (we hope!) we can finally get going on planting our potatoes, sowing broad beans, carrots, beetroots and parsnips outdoors! Oh, let’s hope that the last of the blizzards...
Vital Veg, organic farm
Posted on Wednesday, 7 April, 2021 - 11:49
On the farm It’s looking like another week of wild wind and temperatures tipping all over the place. The tunnels have been up to 35 °C in the sun, with the vents and doors open, and down to minus 2.4 °C at night so far this week. We have been usin...
Vital Veg, organic farm, seed potatoes
Posted on Thursday, 1 April, 2021 - 11:23
On the farm Almost T-shirt weather on the farm today in the sunshine! Looks like it may be a lumpy start to spring though, with freezing nights and even some snow in the forecast over the next 10 days. As always, we will see what happens! In th...
Vital Veg, organic farm, purslane
Posted on Monday, 22 March, 2021 - 18:53
On the farm The lovely weather has brought on a flush of germination in our nursery tunnel, with leeks, beetroots, salads and early cabbages all now beginning to show. This is my favourite time of year. It holds such promise, and hope for the comi...
Vital Veg, organic farm, polytunnel
Posted on Monday, 15 March, 2021 - 17:26
On the farm Sowing is well under way – hurrah! Even though it is still cold outside the tunnels are quite cosy, especially during the daytime. With the longer days, this gives a chance for indoor crops and seedlings to make some good progress. Th...
Vital Veg, organic farm, leeks
Posted on Wednesday, 10 March, 2021 - 10:07
On the farm The new leeks are sown! Five varieties for 2021. We will start harvesting these in late August or September, starting with Chinook, and then go through Navajo, Tadorna, Atlanta and finally Bandit next April and May! Next on our sowi...
Vital Veg, organic farm, winter lettuce
Posted on Monday, 1 March, 2021 - 20:31
On the farm This is a time of change on the farm, as the days get longer and brighter. Many of the field crops that have seen us through the winter are now coming to an end, and we are busy sowing the new crops. To cover the gap we will soon be re...
Vital Veg, organic farm, seeds
Posted on Monday, 22 February, 2021 - 15:07
On the farm Well, the brief snow episode now seems like one of those odds dreams which you are not quite sure was real or not! We do still have a smattering of snow-drifts in the shady spots and hedge bottoms to remind us, but other than that it is...
Vital Veg, organic farm
Posted on Thursday, 18 February, 2021 - 09:50
On the farm What a difference a few days make! The temperatures have gone from -14 °C at the lowest to +7 °C today, and double digits (positive!) on the cards for the end of this week. We have seen the most magnificent, and largest snowdrifts in t...
Vital Veg, organic farm, snowy polytunnels
Posted on Friday, 12 February, 2021 - 11:59
For only the third time in 16 years we sadly had to cancel our deliveries this week. We have had over a metre of snow falling here, and it is now in a steadily compacting layer about 18 inches deep. We need to spend even more time clearing our tunn...

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