We need to attack those docks (again)

October 8, 2009

There are quite a few jobs to be done on Camel Community Supported Agriculture’s veg plot this Sunday.

Expert grower Jane Mellowship says:

“Firstly we need a fresh attack on the dock leaves in our legume and sweetcorn / squash sections. If we cultivate with the tractor we can loosen the roots, get them out and really work on eradicating them this winter ready for planting in spring. We also need to bag up the docks we’ve already removed.

“If it’s not too wet we need to strim around the boysenberries and tie up any stems still loose.

“Finally we would like to mark out where we plan to position the polytunnels so it is clear how much room is left for our permaculture triangle.  We aim to start getting under control any of that area not currently planted with brassicas by strimming, weeding and thickly mulching with straw, hay and cardboard.

“So fingers crossed for a beautiful, dry autumn day!”

Onion sets

Last Sunday a small team braved the steady Cornish drizzle to plant out onion sets, put up posts and wire and tie in the remaining boysenberries. 

Luckily we had the help of two “WWOOFers”.  No, not the four-legged variety!  

Helen and Rachel are volunteers from London who’ve signed up for the  World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) exchange network.  Farmers and horticulturalists offer food, accommodation and opportunities in return for volunteer help from people wanting to learn about organic lifestyles.

They were “lent” to us by Cathy and Dominic at South Penquite Farm, where they’d been working over the weekend.  Helen and Rachel are hoping to leave their jobs in London eventually to work on the land. We look forward to seeing them in Cornwall again soon.

Many thanks on Sunday to expert growers Mark N and Jane, as well as Charlotte, Mark M and Mike S.  Another team of stalwarts turned out for picking and packing day last Friday – p & p supremo Trish plus Charlotte, Gillian, Jenny, Leonie and Penny.

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