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Crop share week ending 1st October 2016

Runner beans redPotatoes, tomatoes, onions, peppers, chilli, beetroot, cabbage, kale, runner beans, French beans

Don’t forget to order your bread from Ian by Thursday lunch time, have cash for eggs if yours is not a regular order and for jam if available.

Remember that collection is now from the shed and not from the dome.

And the rest of the week’s news ..

pickled green tomatoesIt will soon be Go Local Food’s pickling week when we clear the green tomatoes and provide the onions to go with them for you.

You have to produce the jam jars and bottles for yourselves as well as doing the work mind. Best to start looking for those jars then as at this time of year a lot of preserving is done and there is competition for stores of  suitable jars and lids.

And think of the patient work that will soon be required to plant out 600 strawberry runners in the bales of hay that have been provided courtesy of Temperley Grange. That’s the number of plants required to replace the one five year old bed that is being taken out.

The black bio degradable cornstarch has proved its worth this season and another 1000 metre roll is required to be ordered for further planting out.

Volunteers urgently required

potatoesThere are 600 metres of potatoes to lift on the Go Local Food fields and the more volunteers there are to help this work, the easier it will be next Thursday evening.

Thursday evening from 3 pm to 7 pm is the time and the Go Local Food fields are the place. If you have a good sturdy fork, please bring it along. We have four but it would be better if we had more than four volunteers to get this job done.

You all know that many hands make light work and in this case it will help us to beat the blight as well as ensuring that there are more crops in the crop share.

What is it?

squashIt’s not the pumpkin that the fairy godmother is going to turn into Cinderella’s coach later in the season as it wasn’t found with the butternut squash that turned out to be pumpkins.pattypan squash

It’s not one of  the pattypan squash that were supposed to be growing in the space where it was found. It’s not an Uchiki Kuri which we do grow and it’s not a spaghetti squash as we didn’t find it there either.

It’s ripe from the sounds of it as when tapped it sounds right. So sitting in the working poly tunnel we have an unknown item of the clan squash. Is it the only one? What to do with it? Why don’t we know what it is? Even after a study of the seed catalogues we’ve found no matching picture that gives us a proper clue.

Ian thinks that better labelling next season might be a good idea.

Busy work shares!

plum tomatoesOn Friday morning John was busy taking out the cucumbers now that disease has defeated them. He has been so busy picking them for crop shares over the previous weeks that it seemed only fair to let him clear the area just so that he knows he hasn’t to pick any more this season. As a result I found Ian picking red and yellow tomatoes for the crop share this weekend.

Richy has been down amongst the pumpkins that were supposed to be butternut squash clearing the area of weeds to let the sun in to ripen the crop. His work has certainly done wonders as you can see them turning bright and shining yellow from the top of the field.

John and Joan planted out Florence Fennel last week – some in the poly tunnels and some out under bio degradable plastic to keep the soil warm. It’s still there and growing this week and should be in the crop share in a couple of months.

If you look down the fields, you will see that the work shares have planted out pak choi and Chinese greens are outside under covers to keep the pigeons away! There’s much true spinach to be planted in the poly tunnels as well.

And there are the final sowing of winter crops to be done as soon as possible:

winter lettuce, mibuna, mitzuna, chard, black tuscany kale, mustards, radish, paksoi, lambs lettuce and water cress.

The water cress will be planted on soil placed on top of bio degradable black plastic so that it can be easily watered and kept damp. That’s all it requires.