Since we started selling our
produce through Brockley Stores we've cut back on various lines,
plenty of things we've grown over the years have cost us money,
but it was worth it to maintain a wide selection of produce.
Now we are finding the time
to specialize a bit more, the mixed salad leaves are selling
very well so we're putting an extra couple of tunnels into keeping
this going better throughout the year, as well as getting hold
of some excellent salanova lettuce varieties which produce a
mass of small leaves, perfect for mixing with other leaves.
During the summer we'll also
be producing an abundance of broad, french and runner beans,
as well as peas, mangetout, courgettes, tomatoes, cucumbers
and sweetcorn, and in the winter we'll switch to a smaller range
of leeks, kales and a selection of squash.
We put some of our land back
into organic conversion last year, as The community farm at
chew magna wanted to buy from us, but the crops they were short
of were high risk crops, things like fennel which run to seed
if the weather isn't perfect, and we don't need the extra business,
especially with the extra costs, so I've decided to drop this
We're still growing the same
as we have done for the past 18 years, relying on predators,
crop covers and natural crop protection products rather than
We will however use a little
Roundup on a few non-cropping areas in order to tackle perennial
weeds, for years bindweed and brambles have gradually worked
their way further and further into our tunnels, and there is
no natural way of eradicating these from the tunnel edges.
We will also use well rotted
manure from our neighbour's cattle, which would be prohibited
under organic regulations.