April

Monday 10th May 2010

The yellow-fleshed potatoes in the boxes over the last few weeks have been "Orla", a new variety combining excellent resistance to potato blight with good flavour. Without access to modern systemic fungicides, phytophthora infestans, the virulent fungi-causing blight, can wipe out a healthy field in a matter of days, as demonstrated during the Irish Potato Famine of 1845-7. As we approach... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

After a fairly dismal March the sap is finally rising. The sun at last has some power in it, the snowdrops have made way for an abundance of daffodils and the crops are beginning to respond. According to my friends at the RSPB even the Spring migration is late this year, which I would imagine can be attributed to the... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The trophy cabinet at River Nene has been bare since we launched our boxes in February last year (largely because we have not entered any awards), but feeling quite proud of how far we have come in a short space of time, we decided to enter ourselves for the organic industries annual awards. The awards are held to recognise achievements... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The May Day bank holiday originated in Pagan Europe as a festive holy day celebrating the first Spring plantings. Stan is somewhat ahead of the game now at River Nene Organic Farm with nearly all the sowings complete and the first crops for 2006 only weeks away from making their way into the boxes. Historically Saxons began the celebration on the... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Despite the abundance of leeks, purple sprouting, cauliflowers and spring greens in the boxes recently, the phones and e-mails have been reassuringly quiet so I assume that after a fairly rooty winter they are, for the most part, being enjoyed. If they are being tolerated in your house, you may be reassured to hear that the season is almost over... continued