Can’t believe how quickly the first ten weeks have gone on the farm. On this week’s update, I wanted to summarise what has been achieved so far.
From a standing start (or a ploughed field from my generous landlord) to the construction of my first two blocks, the beginning of next season’s vegetable planting and the creation of a central ‘hub’ – I couldn’t be happier with the progress.
This week I had a delivery of 100 bags of soil conditioner, now added to every bed – a great product 100% organic. All part of my plan to work on the soil nutrition.
A big thanks (again) to my volunteers this week who helped to achieve the planting of 1500 onion sets in two beds – and yes, I did make them a cuppa.!
Lessons learned; order onion sets early to avoid limited choice and achieve competitive pricing. Also, a spoon is very useful when making tea!
Another successful vegetable box Thursday, only a few weeks left of my experimental first season.
I now have kale, beetroot, radish, lettuce, carrots and onions in the ground – garlic to add next week.
My ‘hub’ now has shed (kettle, stove, mugs), compost area, herb bed. Next steps are to build my vegetable washing station and add a lawned area with seating for my volunteers – might get a teaspoon too!!
I plan to complete 2-3 more blocks prior to spring in order to scale up for next years expanded vegetable service, farmers markets and direct sales.
Once again a big thank you to the tea loving volunteers who have helped to achieve so much in the first ten weeks – we are ahead of schedule.
Visit my latest YouTube vlog to see the ‘before’ and ‘now’ of the first ten weeks of my exciting journey.