January is generally a very quiet month for us. After the Christmas break and the passing of the shortest day we will soon notice the days becoming longer and lighter.
Maintenance and repairs continue around the farm in the quieter months like this. Gates and gateways, fencing and roadways all to be ready for the season ahead.
We are planting more gooseberry bushes to keep up with the increasing demand. We saw a surge in popularity for this fruit during last year’s Pick Your Own season. The bushes will take a couple of years to mature, but it interesting that more people are picking and enjoying gooseberries.
There is still some pruning to be done around the existing gooseberries and blackcurrants.
The grading of potatoes and carrots is on-going. We are keeping our fingers crossed for not such hard frosts as last year.