A view from the West

Featuring food, fuel and the future in Jersey

In the field

The soft fruit is now yielding  very well, except the new strawberries which have finished.  It has been an odd year — I ended up cutting oats ahead of lifting the garlic. It did mean I got the oats sufficiently dried to go in store the day before the rain arrived.   

Plans were distorted by compromising with the family over going on holiday so I was away for 2 1/2 weeks in April.  Thats the busy time for sowing and planting but surprisingly that hasn't been the problem this year.  Yes the celery died while I was away because it was totally dry — who would have predicted that  in April.  The new strawberries survived despite my doubts, helped no doubt by having been planted through landscape frabric which acts as a mulch and retaining moisture.

The shallots have been a huge success this year.  It was an experiment planting them through a 8 -10 centimtre of bracken mulch rather than taking away the mulch to use in compost.  Im very pleased with the results, and it was a noticeably less effort to weed- mostly a few volunter potatoes.   

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