Tuesday 5th January 2016

It took all day to clear out and wash down the greenhouse, and sort out the wind-scattered pile of pots, trays, sticks, netting and sundries!

But it was a relaxed start to the new year. And it felt good when we had finished – tidied, clean and ready to go.

Unfortunately we had to turf out the pair of wood mice that were nesting under a pile of trays in the greenhouse who had discovered the saved poppy heads. (Not so many seeds now, but still plenty for the border again.)

The Keder greenhouse gleamed in the rare sunshine. The onion seeds successfully germinated in the house have been moved back to the greenhouse to enjoy as much daylight as there is, so we have a growing start.

Ironically we had to water the wilting winter salad leaves in the polytunnel. Everywhere else is so saturated we couldn’t possibly dig – and even where we walk on the grass it squelches and turns all too readily to mud.

There’s time to mull over together the new season. The seed orders are in, and should arrive soon. And it’s only a few weeks to Shropshire Organic Gardeners’ potato day. Our order of over 500 tubers will be honed by our experience these last two years. Sarpo Mira, Axona and Dutch Carolus are all worthy of their blight resistant claims. Cara and Desiree are ever-reliable bankers. We will grow more this year of the magnificent maincrop Mayan Gold and prolific second-early Linda. We will persist with a few Pink Fir Apple for the delicious salads, but they rot easily in store. And we will carry on trying out a few new varieties – Innovator and Gemson look interesting this year. We have 18 different potatoes on our list. We did mean to narrow it down a bit – but the variety is too much fun!

So – enjoy the slow time while we can – while we can’t get on with much. It won’t last. We will soon be sowing, pricking out and preparing beds in that hectic Spring rush.

Can’t wait.

Tuesdays in the Triangle Field (Community Supported Market Garden) are busy, sociable, friendly, relaxed, productive. Volunteers are made welcome, fed, watered and rewarded with produce. Let us know if you would like to join us either regularly, occasionally or just for a one-off pleasure.
Tel. 01743 761418 email: crabapplecom@hotmail.com

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