Everything in the polytunnels is busy growing. Cucumbers and corgettes are already here; tomatoes are just around the corner. Luckily one volunteer has taken to side-shooting the tomatoes – a twice weekly job at the moment – thank you Dimitri!
One self-seeded squash is starting its rampant journey of clambering over everything in sight, including a large jasmine plant, a lemon tree, a fig tree…
These have been perfect conditions for weeding, and last week a wonderfully spirited friend’s working weekend helped us get on top of all our field crops. It was a bucolic scene of old, as 40 people worked together in the fields – hoeing and top feeding with council compost.
Our volunteers worked on all of the squash, courgettes, cucumbers and tomatoes; planting 1000 sweetcorn plants interplanted with cucumbers and sunflowers; scything through the orchard in between the strips of grains and ridging up the potatoes.
The hungry gap is now over – there are new summer crops every week at the moment and we are looking forward to starting our veg box share scheme at the start of July. We still have space for a few more members to join the scheme.