Farfield Farm Blog

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Broad Bean Update

April 28, 2014 at 8:52 pm

We planted broad beans in March.  Today we had a look and found that most of the seeds had germinated. Some had been eaten by slugs or mice but most were ok. EA-C ‘topped up’ the bed with some pot-grown broad beans. We expect to harvest in June.

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Click here to see us planting the seeds a month ago.

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Preparing the ‘Salad Bar’

April 28, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Today we started our ‘Salad bar’ for 2014. Last year’s soil felt very dry and dusty. We added lots of new compost and ‘soil improver’ donated by Yorkshire Water. We also added plenty of water.

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We got a range of salad seeds and sowed in a quarter of the area. We will sow seeds every week this half term so that the salad is ready at different times in July and August.  We hope that lots of children will try our different lettuces.

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It was very hot today in the polytunnel – 32 degrees centigrade when we were in there. The soil felt very warm. The warmth should help the seeds to germinate.

We also added compost to other beds, did some weeding and fed ‘chickweed’ to the chickens (donated by Ivy’s mum).

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Planting potatoes

April 2, 2014 at 9:40 pm

The 5/6D children planted potatoes in the large outside beds. This video shows girls earthing up so that the potatoes under the soil are not exposed to light as they grow. If a tuber is exposed to light, it will go green and should not be eaten.

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