We will be planting some red gooseberries this year which we haven’t grown for about ten years. We will also be planting some new early strawberries on the table tops, these will give us an early start to picking for the next two years before we replace them.
We should have some earlier rhubarb this year from the new sets that we planted last year. Winter pruning of the fruit continues despite the bitterly cold wind. The very mild winter has not yet resulted in any new growth on the fruit crops. But we are already cutting cauliflowers that wouldn’t normally be ready until late March. If this trend continues we could be short of cauliflowers and cabbages by April.
We have sufficient potatoes and onions in store to last us until late Spring.
All the vegetable seeds for this year have now been ordered including three times as many pumpkin seeds, so we should have plenty available in the Autumn. We have ordered Marfona, Picasso and Mozart seed potatoes.
Members of staff have undertaken several training days including first aid and fork lift truck driving, keeping us all up to date.
A lot of the wildlife seem to be keeping out of the way, probably keeping warm. The lapwings have been seen out and about around the sprout fields. We have also seen a number of fieldfares who are a welcome winter visitor.