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Halloween is coming

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Wet and windy fields

After Storm ex Ophelia the winds blew protection fleeces and membranes all over the Go Local Fields as well as tipping over bean supports – it had to be the runner beans rather than the French beans which have finished as a crop anyway. That’s wind for you and our site is not exactly protected from the weather when the wind blows.  Or the rain falls horizontally.

PumpkinThe associated rain meant that the pumpkins just had to be lifted, dried and put indoors to cure. They were definitely not turning a nice shade of yellow outside. Ian, our grower, was desperately looking for towels to dry them before he started picking when I spoke to him. Who knows what Storm Brian has done to the fields over the weekend. We shall report later.

Between times, a bed of spinach has been planted and half a bed of Spanish radishes. That will be in the poly tunnels of course. So there is still growing being done for the autumn and winter crop shares.

The Great Go Local Chutney and Jam Swap

On the Go Local Food Fields next to the Halls of Heddon Nursery at Ovington.

chutney poster

Wildlife on wings

fieldfareThe fieldfares are back in the area – it’s October and the flocks have come back to spend the winter in the UK. Don’t mistake them for the mistle thrush.

A buzzard was spotted over the Go Local Food fields on one of the recent windy days. It was flapping hard against the wind, trying to find a thermal to use to rise in.

There’s a kestrel around too – well in the field next door to Go Local Food. As kestrels feed on rats and mice it must be that food is more plentiful next door than we have for the moment.

Latest from the Growing Gang

growing gang potatoesHarvesting our summer crops!

On our last activity Saturday, the growing gang harvested all our remaining summer crops including; potatoes, peas and runner beans. The children had a great time getting their hands dirty, discovering vegetable treasures from our previous planting activity days!

Building our Hedgehog House!

The children then renovated the old cat shelter (which has been hidden on the little field) into a hedgehog house, so that our local wildlife can stay cosy and warm throughout the Autumn and Winter months ahead.

Growing Gang on tour!

Our next event is Saturday 28th October 10 am-12 noon and will be at Ovingham Playing Fields Pavilion, Windsor Crescent   NE42 6AZ. We will be pumpkin carving (please bring a pumpkin) and planting Spring bulbs. As it is also a Krafty Kids Saturday we will be making some Halloween crafts including sugar skull lantern painting and other spooky activities!