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2nd August

At the start of the planting season it was wet for weeks, and we had all our cabbage plants for the season desperate to get planted.

After waiting and waiting for better weather to arrive, I eventually had to make a start, all the cabbage plants were stating to go back and their leaves were starting to turn yellow.

So I was forced into breaking the golden rule, and started working ground that wasn’t dry.

So in I went with the bed former and started preparing beds so we could get cabbages plants planted. or we could lose the lot.

We had twenty-five thousand poor looking cabbages, four different varieties to take us through the season, needing in the soil.

The weather didn’t improve and we had to go ahead, and in with my brand-new planter we went and stated planting the cabbages.

We did get them all planted, but I was well aware, that it wasn’t a great idea to say the least.

Luckily, we did manage to wait for better weather, before we started planting all the kale, onions and leeks.

And the result in the crops is pretty obvious, you never work or plant in wet ground.               I had thought this might be the case, so I ordered an extra ten thousand cabbage seeds, again four varieties.

We had blocked them around four weeks ago, and this week we got them planted in the field , all in perfect weather.

And they are looking amazing.

After the planting was done, it was back onto the bed weeder, in a couple of weeks we should have all of the field been over with the bed weeder, then it’s a job of just re doing any rows that are looking a bit to weedy.

And in the tunnels, it was more rotovating and re planting more salad and ruby chard.

Tunnel rotovating and re planting is a weekly job, there are seven tunnels, with four beds in each tunnel, so there is always a bed or two needing rotovated out after we have finished harvesting then re planted.

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