A drop of rain this week has finally allowed us to tear ourselves away from the end of a hosepipe and pick up the camera to take a shot of the field (below).It makes quite a contrast from the picture on the right, taken less than six-weeks ago at the end of April! Those of you who haven’t visited the field for a while will notice that the top hedge has now been laid, letting a lot more light onto your vegetables. Compared to last year Longfield gets a full 3-hours more direct sunlight between about 6am – 9am in the morning.
As you can see from the more recent picture below the perrenial and annual flowers are well away with themselves, the leek and brassica seedbeds are nearby (under the first row of mesh) so we can keep an eye on them and keep them well watered. Next in line the squashes, pumpkins and courgettes went out last week and have made a determined start despite the dry conditions and you can probably just make out the sweetcorn, broad beans & peas in the middle of the field.
The second row of mesh is keeping the early carrots and parsnips safe from the cheeky carrot root fly and you may just be able to make out the onions and garlic struggling away at the far end of the field trying to hold on to what little water comes their way. However, things are looking up! The weekend is forecast to be wet and we have a low pressure for most of next week giving us some hope at least of a little more rain!