Today was the first day spent by volunteers working in the new Maincrop Field. This year we have ploughed, rolled and harrowed (with spring tines) a second vegetable field, where we will grow seven crops on a larger scale - potatoes, onions, carrots, parsnips, cabbages, leeks, swedes, and turnips. This new field will be worked by tractor as much as is possible, leaving us with hopefully enough time to continue developing the Market Garden Field with smaller scale crops - peas, beans, broccoli, garlic, radishes, kale, raspberries etc...
Clive rolling the newly ploughed field last week.
After the three stages of preparation, the beds were marked out using our "new" vintage tractor, to give beds of 1m wide separated by 30cm pathways. Today, thanks as always to our brilliant volunteers, we planted about 9000 "sturon" onion sets in the first eleven beds, and sowed double lines of "nantes" carrots between the onions of the first three beds. We aim to have planted the remaining 16 onion beds by the end of March , so please come along to our volunteering sessions and lend a hand! Tea, biscuits, and good company guaranteed!
Steve, Terry, Anne and Natalie planting onion sets.