December 2021 / January 2022 News

Thanks for all your cards, presents and good wishes at Christmas and wishing you all a Happy New Year. The mainly mild weather between Christmas and the New Year made for a relaxing break, no worrying about frost damage or wind damage or hungry pigeons, although New Year’s Day did feel strangely warm. Our leafy greens are getting scarce now, and what is there is slow to harvest

New Season's seed sowing.Martin has made a good start on ordering this year’s seed with seed potatoes and onion sets already ordered as well as a selection of others and we’ll start sowing leek seeds into seed trays very soon. 

Raw Veg. Salads  Our salad leaves will be in the boxes less frequently in January but all of our winter veggies (with the exception of potatoes) can be eaten raw, the secret is to cut up small, so a grater, peeler or food processor all come in useful. Then, just get inventive with the veggie combinations and dressings. I particularly like any combination of grated beetroot, grated carrot, finely sliced cabbage and onion with a handful of toasted seeds thrown in, and maybe a few dried dates cut up small, and a dressing of olive oil, salt and pepper.

Finely shredded sprouts make a good salad ingredient too (try it!), as do any of our kale leaves, black kale/Cavolo Nero works particularly well

New hedge. We've almost finished planting a 200m stretch of hedge with a mix of native, UK grown saplings made up of 50% hawthorn as well as blackthorn, field maple, dog rose, hazel, rowan, crab apple, wayfaring tree and hornbeam. We're trialling some cardborad tree guards as well as compostable plastic guards and also leaving a short section not protected (with fingers crossed but if the rabbits start eating them we'll get some more guards quickly!). Then we'll mulch with woodchip given to us by UK power networks when they trimmed our neighbours trees that were in the way of the electric power lines.