What’s happening in July 2017?

Harvesting. This month it’s yams, Jerusalem artichokes and Mashua. This is an aniseed flavoured yam and also makes a very attractive climber. We’re also replenishing the yam bed. The plan is to replace the loose brick sides with redundant concrete Fire Hydrant markers,  kindly donated by a local resident, and dig out the used soil. This will then be replaced by fresh compost which, of course,  we make on site.

Transplanting. Brassica seedlings; the more the merrier.

Online Shop. This is now up and running. Seeds are our first product but eventually this will expand to include our other products.

Globe Artichokes. After ours were dug up and stolen (!!!!)  we are looking for new plants. If you have any you could donate it would be much appreciated.

Tomatoes. We will be starting our tomato seeds this month. They will be kept indoors on a heat pad until they are about 2 to 3 cm and then go into the glasshouse under frost cloth.

New Potatoes. These will go into the ground at the end of the month.

Tree trimming. The two large Blue Cedar trees near the rear boundary will be trimmed this month, or so we have been assured by the CCC. Our neighbours will be pleased.

Ground Temperature. Christine measured the ground temperature on Tuesday 4th. It was 7.7 degrees Celsius at 10cm depth. In past years the July temperature has been around 6 degrees C, so a significantly higher reading this year. Will we get an early spring or does the Winter still have some bite? Don’t put your Winter Woolies away just yet.

Volunteers. Two new volunteers have joined us. Welcome.