Tuesday 19th January 2016

At last we have seen some proper frosts in the last week. No snow, although the hills all round have been covered. The flooding of the previous week had just drained away enough and in time – or we would have been ice skating over the horseradish bed.

Today is warmer though. The sun is shining. It’s a root day by the moon calendar. We plant the last Garlic Farm garlic – the Solent Wight. Today’s three rows make a total of a dozen rows of four different varieties with about 20 in each row. Nowhere near enough for a year’s kitchen supply here, so maybe we will find some space and get a few more bulbs to plant. Maybe we could try planting some of last year’s?

The fine weather encourages us to carry on.

Another timely dry task is to prune the gooseberries. We planted six new bushes last Spring – named dessert varieties chosen to give us as long a season as possible. We let a few berries ripen in the Summer – enough to promise some delicious foraging in future if we can keep the wildlife away from them.
Pruning used to be a practice shrouded in mystique. Nowadays, after a useful course, some helpful Youtube clips, and clear RHS diagrams, we have learned that there’s really no mystique. A few basic principles, a bit of practice, and you can’t do much wrong.
We trust.
The stronger prunings we poke into a spare patch of border, hoping to propagate more bushes for the walled garden. It worked with redcurrants last year.

There are only a limited number of necessary jobs to do in the market garden in current conditions at this time of year. So another half day will do.

There are some apple trees to prune in the orchard to fill the afternoon.

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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