April 2014 News From The Farm

Farmer JimBy Jim Cross, Farm Manager

We are cutting the over wintered cauliflowers ready for the farm shop now and the early rhubarb will be ready in the middle of April. The Asparagus could also surprise us anytime in April.

With the weather now improving and with a little more sunshine and dry days we will soon be able to start more field work. The soil needs to be dry to about 25cms down before it can be cultivated properly for the potato crop. We should be able to plant the first of this year’s cauliflowers and cabbages. The onions will go in as soon as possible. The new strawberry plants for this year will also be able to go in soon, they are currently being held at -5 degrees centigrade in a cold store.

We have at last finished the winter pruning of all the fruit. The rhubarb crowns have been split and transplanted. The three tunnels of table top strawberries will be covered during April which will only leave two tunnels to be planted and covered in May.

Due to the recent wet weather we have been able to start redecorating the pick your own shed in the anticipation of a glorious summer!

The lapwings are out and about trying to make nests and establish their territories.