welcome rain

Two centimetres of rain fell on the farm last night. After 20 days of almost wall-to-wall sunshine it was a huge relief for the soil get an opportunity to replenish itself with moisture. Irrigation is essential for growing vegetables but relying on our reserves is costly, time consuming and a drain on local resources. At this time of year plenty of sunshine balanced with a good amount of rain is perfect. It helps the potato tubers bulk up and prevents any scab developing on the setting skin. It also moistens the ground for the purple sprouting broccoli, chard, pak choi, and cabbage that are all being planted at the moment. It