Welcome to the website of Diss Community Farm, we are a community group based in and around Diss who have come together to produce food collaboratively in an ethical and sustainable way.
We have a field in Winfarthing, together with three polytunnels; where we meet to work weekly, including harvesting whatever is ready. Whoever is working that day takes home a box of freshly harvested vegetables.
See the About us and How to join page for more information.
A cool, windy day warmed up but rain is really needed, hence much time is spent watering by hand and using the sprinkler.
Strawberries are ready for picking and red currants are nearly ripe.
Potatoes are hoed up and weeding continues, as here among the onions.
Recently planted sweetcorn and courgettes look to be established.
Enviromesh is protecting many crops but has been removed from the climbing beans to aid pollination as they are in flower.
And after all the numerous other jobs, there’s the reward – the “take home” box.
One word sums it up,
so only time to grab one shot.
The take-home box. It’s so good to see the fruit of one’s labours.
and a beautiful day, ‘though hopefully the forecast rain will materialise overnight as the ground and plants really need it.
As mentioned in the last post, it’s not so great on the “chewed plant” front, with the top shoots of many of the climbing and dwarf bean seedlings having been eaten presumably by rabbits, maybe also wood pigeons. Hence netting has been draped over to offer some protection.
A continuous priority is weeding, as here among the onions.
Tomato plants and cucumbers are flourishing in the polytunnels, while cabbages, started under cover, are being transplanted outside. And outdoors, gooseberries are looking promising.
and the start of a forecasted few days of “sunshine”.
So the sweet peas were planted outside, under cane wigwams which were then protected for a couple of weeks with fleece to hamper unwanted nibbling – evident in the missing tops of many of the onion shoots.
The outdoor sown broad beans are really catching up with those grown in a polytunnel, all being in flower.
Home started cucumber plants look healthy and await planting in a polytunnel.
And among the many springtime jobs, posts were erected for the climbing beans’ framework.
26th April, a breeze (coldish wind), not that ideal for rolling mypex but patches covered over the winter, need to be exposed prior to adding manure and rotovation.
Jobs done included the erection of pea supports prior to sowing and that continuous task of weeding; typically weeds continue their onward progress of growing quicker than the specifically sown veg seeds.
Coolish night temperatures mean it’s not wise to transfer eg sweetcorn outdoors, while protected under cover the peas and broad beans are making good progress.
Fingers crossed for the sweet peas to be planted out next week and more fingers crossed the seedlings will not be eaten… please.
A week later and initially indoor jobs were favoured due to the bitter wind. Leaves continued to be harvested, while timber and screweyes were fixed to add support for future tomato plants.
However the wind dropped and it was pleasantly warmer in the sun while carrying out repairs, improvements to the watering system and outdoor veg picked – broccoli, kale, etc.
It’s now the end of March and work progresses well, whether it be chopping hard brassica stems to fine fibres so they can be added to the compost bin, planting strawberry crowns outdoors and picking more salad leaves grown under cover. It’s so good to see healthy green colours at this time of the year.