Weekly Updates for August 2021

8th August

Well how many downpours can the weather manage in one day? Several days during the past week would be contenders for the highest number which has seen our volunteers scuttling in and out of the polytunnels and the greenhouses. Watering outside was at least taken care of by the elements.

Keith has made visible progress on the new polytunnel and has taken us closer to the big moment when it will be all hands on deck to get the cover onto the steel structure.

Essentially it is cropping time and during the week people have taken away broad beans, courgettes, broccoli, runner beans, cucumber, radish, lettuce, cavolo nero and peas.

Some seed gathering has started. Peas in poly 2 have started to drop and among them an artichoke which has kept a low profile was doing the same thing. Nasturtium seeds, ever popular when offered to the community, are also gathered in a tray.

Last year our failure to net the greens growing in the greenhouse resulted in significant damage from pests. This year was different but the week offered a reminder of the dangers of complacency. Craig and Holly removed the netting to promote cross pollination of the crops but found plenty of caterpillars enjoying the leaves. There are a lot less caterpillars now but we need to be vigilant.

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