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August/September 2018 News
Although August is generally a quiet month for us in terms of orders, it was busy in other ways as we were (and still are) catching up with jobs delayed by the heat wave/drought. We still have kale, spinach and chard to transplant as well as the last of our outdoor lettuce. We’ve made a start on the onion harvest, but the maincrop is fairly small this year, due in part to the drought. And we’ve been on the big spud harvester a few times but had to go back to picking them up into buckets last weekend, as it was too wet for the big harvester! Some spud varieties coped well with the heat and lack of rain but the yield of some varieties is well down on what we’d expect. We are harvesting kale again now, and salad leaves should be more plentiful for September.
A sunny September is what we would like now, so that we can pick up our onion crop nice and dry for storage until next spring and so that ground conditions stay good for our big spud harvester and for finishing weed control, it's not too much to ask for is it after the extremes of weather we've had so far this year!