13th July

I’m doing a catchup as I’ve been without broadband for 15 days, so these photos were taken mid-July.
Garlic and onions were left to dry, first in the polytunnels and then outdoors, using any available flat surfaces.
Slugs and snails have had a go at the outer leaves of red cabbages. Other brassicas and some lettuces are under-cover, while peas and lettuces were growing well on one of the experimental no-dig beds (“were growing” as now they’ve been picked).
After a shaky start the leeks are now progressing, while the scarlet runner beans, sunflowers and sweetcorn are definitely “doing well”.

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August 2017, Summer rolls on or is Autumn already knocking?

After a very cool July, we had masses of green tomatoes, growing from the floor to the roof of the polytunnels. It remains unsettled but slightly warmer temperatures are finally seeing the tomatoes and peppers ripen to join the flow of aubergines. This week’s photo shows four members boxes ready to take home. Given that each member currently pays £75 a year for our running costs, including seeds, then each box costs around £1.50 a week. OK you have to add in your time, but it looks good value to us, compared with the commercial vegbox schemes.

So if you live close to Diss come and join us. We are a pretty friendly group, and there is always good cake and coffee for our 11.00 break on Thursdays.

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The first of June.

The temperature hot for a flaked out dog but the heat musn’t stop work; jobs such as sowing plants, harvesting veg in a polytunnel and weeding among the strawberry plants.

Home-grown plants are ready for transferring to prepared patches, while the yield in our take-home boxes looks good; carrots, cucumber, chioggia beetroot, cylindra beetroot, spinach, peas and broad beans. And tastes good too…

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11th May

It’s great that, although only May, under the protection of a polytunnel, early crops of peas and broad beans are being picked.

Healthy looking tomato plants are given the support of canes and string.

Other seeds sown at home by plant “parents” and now brought to the farm, include aubergine and pepper plants.

This year we’ve been aided in our rotavation of patches (thanks). These have then been covered temporarily to suppress weed growth.

Of course elsewhere weeds multiply, so the strawberry patch is being tackled.

A layer of weeds is added to a compost bin, followed by a layer of manure.

But what we do need is rain.


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6th April Fantastic weather

Outdoors, last year’s chard and spinach are still producing well, while under cover, salad veg are being picked and early broad bean plants are in flower.

Outdoors, autumn planted garlic and new broad bean plants are growing well – and weeds being kept under control.

Patches are being rotovated, pea seedlings and onions planted and leek seeds sown.

All getting a good start in the warmth. Far lower temperatures are forecast for next week but also some needed rain.

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Beginning of February

The new compost bins are starting to be filled with larger stalks etc to allow air to circulate in their bases.

Salads are still being picked and outdoors, garlic bulbs are shooting well.

Winter, a time for discussions to plan ahead, while last year’s growth has ensured there’s still produce to be harvested and shared.

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Mid-winter at DCF

Here it is early January, a bright cold work day at the Diss Community Farm. Our coffee break is in the polytunnel, including some lovely cake and the usual speciality coffee.

The Rothwell’s son Caleb was there trying out his new drone. The farm is a good place for that, but he wasn’t yet ready to take aerial photos.

We had a good harvest of leeks, cabbage, brussels, and parsnips.

Ongoing work included digging a lot of pig manure into the polytunnels. And look at those salads coming along in the other polytunnel.

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