Thursday, 19 April 2012

First potatoes in the ground!

The first potatoes are now in the ground at the Feed Bristol site! This is one stage in a gradual process of bringing the land back into use for growing crops.
This year part of the site will be given over to growing annual vegetable crops, some of the land will be planted with green manures to increase fertility and suppress weeds, while some will be left for meadow and brought into cultivation in coming years.
Work building our new centre is still underway and there are smaller construction tasks ahead like putting in paths, recovering one of the polytunnels and building raised beds.
With planning and design work still going on it was great to have a down-to-earth day, get back to basics and feel the lovely sandy soil between our fingers, working alongside volunteers planting out 'Orla' potatoes -  an early variety that will be ready to harvest in August. We still have plenty more to put in - 5 different varieties that will give us a potato harvest from July to October. 

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