September

Friday 26th April 2013

September has been a relatively dry month, allowing the root harvest to progress well. We grew a little spring barley this year and now the crop has been cleared, we are anxious to get the ground covered with a green manure before winter sets in. It used to be traditional practice to plough in the autumn and leave the furrows... continued

Friday 26th April 2013

The sun is out, I’ve just swum in the reservoir and I have instructions to write my 400 words without moaning. If I carry on with my weekly liturgy of doom, my sister Rachel, who looks after marketing, is going to give this job to someone more cheerful. Back in April, with a drought threatening and the reservoir dropping, I... continued

Monday 22nd April 2013

The rain has abated, the ground has dried up well and it’s time to gather in and make the most of what has survived the deluge. No one will starve, indeed the carrots and parsnips are doing pretty well, but we will have only half the projected yields of potatoes. Modern root harvesting machinery relies on planting crops in a... continued

Monday 15th April 2013

As I write, a ridge of high pressure is edging in from the Atlantic and threatening to build into the high pressure system we have been waiting for all summer; too late for most schoolchildren’s holidays, too late for many a fair, festival and fête; too late for our stunted pumpkins and sweetcorn, blighted potatoes, mildew-stricken onions and rotten strawberries.... continued