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Vital Veg, organic farm, courgettes
Posted on Monday, 9 September, 2019 - 11:13
On the Farm Soil – this is truly wonderful stuff. In fact without it we would be scuppered because we depend on it to keep us alive. And in fact healthy soil is not only the provider of our food (via the plants that grow in it and the animals th...
Vital Veg, organic farm, curly kale
Posted on Monday, 2 September, 2019 - 11:44
First signs of autumn. It is that time of year already. The woods are starting to fill with mushrooms and the leaves on the trees are beginning to take on the first hints of their autumn colours. The winds are getting up (which makes us nervous as...
Vital Veg, organic farm, celery
Posted on Monday, 26 August, 2019 - 09:43
Holidays from the Farm August is the first opportunity in the year to take a break from the daily tasks running the farm. So, I am writing this newsletter from a holiday cottage and am very grateful to the fabulous Vital Veg Team back at home who a...
Vital Veg, organic farm, leeks
Posted on Monday, 19 August, 2019 - 15:13
On the farm At last – two dry days together! This gives us a chance to make an impact on the couch grass (string weed) which is one of our most problematic weeds. As per its name it spreads through the soil via strings (rhizomes) and it loves this...
Vital Veg, organic farm, curly kale
Posted on Monday, 12 August, 2019 - 16:21
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 acceptabl...
Vital Veg, organic farm, leeks
Posted on Monday, 5 August, 2019 - 11:54
On the farm Another mixed bag of weather. The most significant of which has been the constantly very high humidity, with much mist overnight and in the mornings. This has led to the perfect conditions for blight forming on the leaves of our potato...
Vital Veg, organic farm, small pearl bordered butterfly
Posted on Monday, 29 July, 2019 - 14:27
On the farm Last week’s heatwave has helped our crops make up for a bit of lost time due to the rather cold weather we have had so far this summer. The outdoor crops are now looking good – but so are some weeds. In particular the couch grass (stri...
Vital Veg, organic farm, parsnips
Posted on Monday, 22 July, 2019 - 12:25
On the farm There’s heat and sunshine in the forecast this week, which should boost ours crops. We are grateful for this because we are a month past the longest day already, and there has been relatively little sunshine. Every day until the winter...
Vital Veg, organic farm, organic red cabbage
Posted on Friday, 19 July, 2019 - 09:27
On the farm Well, it’s a bit more like summer this week. Phew, we can get back out amongst the weeds! While it is frustrating to see weeds overtaking some of our crops we have to be happy that the crops themselves are enjoying the moisture in the...
Vital Veg, organic farm, new potatoes
Posted on Monday, 1 July, 2019 - 13:19
On the farm We are certainly getting all the weather!  The combination of rain and blazing heat last week has made the crops jump in the field.  The brassicas are pushing up nicely under their protective covers, and everything looks lush...

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