Vital Veg, organic farm, curly kale

Newsletter 12th August 2019

On the farm
We have almost finished topping the tatties – taking the green tops off to stop the blight on the leaves reaching the tubers. Hopefully the warmth and wetness of the last weeks has swelled the tubers sufficiently to give us an acceptable crop. Once the tops (leaves) are off we’ll leave the maincrop tatties in the ground for four weeks to let the skins cure before we lift them. They should then store fine in our tattie shed. We will harvest the new tatties as we need them. The skins are soft on these newly lifted potatoes, and so they lose water quickly in a dry environment. Keep them cool and dark and in a paper bag if you are not planning to eat them right away once you receive your order.

Other crops on the farm are looking good and there is increasing diversity, with celery, kohl rabi, various cabbages, kales, broccoli, cauliflower, romanesco, carrots, beetroots and other crops all coming ready this week. Next week we’ll have broad beans to add to the mix, and the first of the leeks are only a week or two away from being ready to lift. Do keep an eye on our shop online, as we post what’s new each week for those of you who want or order individual vegetables. We have also slightly expanded our tinned range, to include beans and chick peas for store cupboard essentials!

Wildlife on the farm
At last we are having some success in re-homing our used tree tubes from our 50 acre wood. The Woodland Trust have been working to find new planting schemes that are interested in using our tubes, and we are finally getting interest. The Woodland Trust have plans to instigate a nationwide tube reuse/recycling scheme, which is great news because there are millions of tubes across the country. Just look at all those tubes on the Aberdeen bypass! Any official scheme is three or four years away, and needs government support. So hats off to the Woodland Trust for stepping in to facilitate our tube transfer. Ideally, what is needed is a durable non-plastic tube for future plantings, as well as a re-use/recycle scheme for existing tubes