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A word from Grahame and Lizzie 20/06/16

Good morning Growth has been far from rampant in the last week. Courgettes are a good barometer and yields have been around 30% less than last year.Other crops are progressing slowly but Celery and Beans are still about 10 days away. Peppers and Aubergine are showing better colour as they establish roots but Tomatoes look particularly strong. So we are waiting for the weather to improve and the signs are more hopeful. With so little to harvest we have time to clear up and prepare some more space for the…

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News Early June

Good morning So much for a bright beginning to June. Cloud and rain have certainly slowed things down. In truth the rain is much needed in the field but as ever unbroken sunshine suits us better in the Glasshouse! We certainly haven’t had that. But it is a chance to catch up and clear up now planting is complete. With Courgettes slowing up in this weather, harvesting is minimal but there are areas to be cleared and some later crops begun. There are also Cucumbers to plant, replacements for the…

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News from last Monday:

Good morning We are still planting. It is relentless through May. The Tomatoes are almost finished, Fennel and Salad Onion in their place and space being cleared as Spring crops finish. We have reached the end of the Spinach and Chard crops and that should make the space to complete the transition to Summer crops. We still have a week or two of Salads and some Red and Green Oak leaf Lettuce just beginning. Some sunshine would encourage the first Courgette flowers, while the slightly warming weather has also seen…

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News from Hughes 09-05-16

Good morning The promised heat wave certainly risked the temperature. It has been round 30c in the glasshouse and time to irrigate, which keeps me cool. It makes harder work of establishing new crops and speeds on existing ones. It is a blessing though and will hopefully make up some lost time for the early yielding crops. It looks like being a late season though. The season has brought on the Batavia Lettuce nicely and they will flush for a couple of weeks and hopefully the Oak leaves will soon…

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News from the glasshouse

Good morning. At last some sunshine to speed things up and although the outside air is still cold, the glasshouse soon warms, at least by day. We will see the difference this week both in the standing crops and the seedlings, which will soon be chasing us for attention after a period of slow growth. We will complete the over wintered Spinach and Lettuce harvest this week and will have to wait a few weeks for the Spring plantings to mature. Chard will fill the gap and Leaf salads will…

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Latest Hughes News:

Good morning The cold has certainly slowed things up. Sprouting Broccoli is still scarce although it has been possible to gather some Cauliflower between frosts, some of which have been quite severe in Lincolnshire. So we do have some Cauli available although it will be of smaller size, being packed at 15/box, rather than be allowed to grow on and expose the curd to the frost. As soon as the weather turns for the better we hope the Spring Brassicas will be full on. In the Glasshouse it is similar,…

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A word from Hughes:

Good morning As anticipated the cold has held back the Cauliflower for a week but the promised crop should begin along with some PSB next week we hope. The glasshouse continues to make good progress. The timetable gradually takes shape as the plant raising schedule is confirmed. We look set to be busy planting through April and May. Over wintered crops must be cleared to make way, so now we can schedule the harvesting of the Chard, Spinach and salads that currently occupy space and the stream of seedlings ready…

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News from Hughes

Good morning. There is a thin layer of snow on the ground, and a chill Easterly wind outside so we have a brief taste of Winter, I hope. Just as the mild weather has prematurely wakened the plant world and insects (I spotted several ladybirds this week), I have been feeling quite enthused for the new season, but a spell of cold will slow the haste to set seeds and the ladybirds will retire for a longer rest. So a brief spell of cold I hope. Our fieldsman will have…

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News from early February

Good morning As February looms I realise it is time to draw all the thoughts and plans for the coming season together. Ordering becomes increasingly imperative as sowing and planting dates loom ever closer and the sense of urgency increases after a relatively relaxed period. Should the Winter continue in a mild vent then there will be advantages to be gained early on. We have some over wintered salads coming ready to plant and some Chard germinated at ambient temperature over Christmas! More sowings are planned for this week to…

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