Sunday, July 26, 2015

Planting brassicas.

On Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd July we planted more than 3000 brassicas, which is most but not all of our brassicas for this autumn and winter. Thanks to our propagation tunnel erected in March, we were able to raise all these seedlings ourselves this year. We still have some seedlings growing on to be planted in August, and we will need to supplement (by buying in) what didn't work out, but it was a big leap for us and generally successful. The brassicas (kales, cabbages, Brussels sprouts, cauliflowers, calabrese, and broccoli) were planted in the old chicken field, where our birds had pecked around and manured for 2 years, after which we ploughed, harrowed/rotovated and limed it.
Pablo, Doug and Giordano pushing in seedlings after the tractor has passed.

Pablo filling a few gaps in the almost completed field.
95% of the brassicas are now covered in mesh to stop the pigeons eating them - and they will have loved the rain from Thursday night onwards. Now we have all our leeks to go in...

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