Ann's Farm Journal

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Garlic Harvest

Garlic Harvest

Hello everyone, hope you are all well.

Many of you have been asking when we are going to go back to the old method of ordering. Well from this week we are going back to the pre-pandemic way. There is a choice of three types of boxes you can choose from. There will be two seasonal boxes which are veg only, and one create your own box available where there is a full choice of vegetables, herbs, fruit, pork etc. If you select one of the two seasonal packed boxes you will be able to add to it by using the Create Your Own option.

Create Your Own Box – where you can select which veg, herbs, dairy, fruit, pantry or pork produce you want to make up your own box. Minimum order £20.00

Seasonal Veg Box £20.00 – selection of seasonal veg up to the value of £20.00.

Large Seasonal Veg Box £30.00 – large selection of seasonal veg up to the value of £30.00.

Click on the selection below to order this week’s deliveries.

As you can see from the picture above our garlic harvest from this year is now ready. Garlic is planted before Christmas and is then harvested about six months later, after it has been harvested it then goes through a drying out period – this has just finished. The variety of garlic we planted last year is called Germidour. It is a French variety and the bulbs are a lovely purple colour on the outside. The flavour is amazing. We will definitely be growing the Germidour garlic variety again this Winter.

As we are in the middle of the Summer period everything is growing at a pace – particularly the tomatoes. We have over 800 tomato plants in the polytunnels and they need constant attention. Activities involve nipping out any side shoots, de-leafing the plants to maximise the sun to the fruits and of course harvesting. Within the 800+ plants are eight different varieties!

Another major task involves managing the cucumber and gherkin plants which seem to grow by the minute. We have approximately 170 cucumber and gherkin plants and very much like the tomatoes we have to carry out daily tasks such as taking off male flowers, making sure the plants are growing up the net supports and again de-leafing to maximise the sun to the fruits.

One labour saving improvement is that we now have ground level watering hoses for all the tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. so we can turn them on then go off and do other tasks.

Take Care, Ann