Warm Sunny Evening Rotavating

Still lots of groundwork to do but Jane is bringing me a hot Panini picnic with home grown salad leaves to keep me going. Joys of a peasant life.

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Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Planet Talk

Graham Clarkson and myself will be giving a talk in Ormskirk next Friday night.

Come along if you would like to hear more.

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Dancing scarecrows and mischievous moles are just a few of the quirky treats you will find in this free enchanting community performance.

We have been very busy bees today at the farm preparing for tomorrows Sowing Seeds Performance! We are looking forward to seeing lots of faces tomorrow, and hopefully we will see some sunshine as well.

We are very excited, and hope you are too, so get your wellies ready and lets go on an adventure!

 

 

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We’ve planted our seeds, watered them at our workshops and it will soon be time to watch them grow this Sunday!

To make sure everything ‘grows’ smoothly we have a few bits of information to keep in mind (including a few farm puns)…  There is no available parking at the site so cars will have to be ‘rooted’ elsewhere please. Also if you are planning on getting the shuttle please be prompt – although vegetables require patience, buses run very much to schedule.

Finally sensible footwear and waterproof clothing is essential. So pull on your wellies and wrap up warm! There will be refreshments available after the performance… what celebration would be complete without cake!

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Friday Rainbow

Start the day with a rainbow!

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Pecking chickens, blowing willow and squiggly worms were a key source of inspiration last weekend!

By taking inspiration from the farm, and all of its unique features, our participants created this wonderful phrase at our Movement and Music Workshop!

This phrase is one of the many treats you will find at this Sunday’s Sowing Seeds Performance!

To find out more and to book your free place go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sowing-seeds-family-friendly-performance-and-workshops-tickets-32620576021

To all of our lovely participants, thank you for all of your hard work and enthusiasm. Keep practicing ready for Sunday!

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Planting At Last

It feels such a long time since we were last working the ground and planting, but the last couple of days we have started for the new growing season. Although we have had a period of wet weather and the land has been quite wet, the use of ground cover fabric over the winter has allowed us to start working the ground quite quickly.

The ground on the right of this shot was covered all winter, it is pretty much weed free and drys out quickly when the fabric has been removed.

I have discovered a new way our marking out our 30inch wide beds by using a bent length of steel bar with two uprights spaced 30 inches apart. Bryan Irving, one of our volunteers gave me this idea and it has really speeded up marking out the beds. You simply put the ‘staples’ at each end of the bed and then quickly run out a rope up one side, around the staple and then down the other. This rope is tensioned with a ‘wagoners’ knot to a peg in the ground.

When your done, the next bed is placed 18 inches from the holes left by the first staple. We were planting onions using this method and once one bed marked out and worked, a team could be planting it up with onions whilst I moved on to mark out and work up the next bed.

After lightly rotavating the surface 2-4 inches, the basic procedure for working the bed is to first mark it out. Next I scattered some chicken manure pellets on the surface and then two of us would work down the bed, one on each side with a digging fork. We didn’t turn the soil, just pushed in the fork as far as it would go in, then  pull back on the handle to lift and break up the surface. This puts air into the soil and breaks up any ‘pan’ that may have developed from rotavating.

We next broke up the surface with the Wolfgarten soil mill or a rake. Finally, I marked out the bed with 3 rows scored into the surface with our row marker. Onions are then planted by pushing them tail first so the sets are just below the surface. Raking some loose earth over the top of the sets finishes off the job.

For those interested in learning about our growing methods I will post some extra photo’s on just how we grow our onions in a future post.

The garlic battered by Storm Doris is recovering and we have plants growing well in the poly tunnel. I have some of the more delicate ones such as tomatoes and peppers in my tiny heated glasshouse at home. It will be late April or even May before these get planted out.

If you want to learn about our organic growing techniques come along on one of our volunteer days and I can take you through the methods and tools that we use.

Volunteer day’s are normally Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays from 10am until around 3:30pm.

 

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*Public Service Announcement*

There have been recent sightings of a March Hare at the farm this week!

Farm goers are being advised to approach with caution as the Hare appears slightly stressed.

Bryan Irving, a member of Burscough Community Farm, was over by the polytunnel yesterday when he spotted what appeared to be two big furry ears sticking out over the hill. His initial thoughts were confirmed later that day when farm owner, Neil Hickson, managed to capture a few images of the Hare. One farm goer said he appeared in a rush, and overheard him speaking about the arrival of spring.

If you have any more information or happen to see the Hare himself please get in touch! Our sources say he is planning on making an appearance at this Sunday’s Sowing Seeds performance!

To find out more about Sundays performance and to book your free place click here.

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Sowing Seeds Performance

Sowing Seeds Performance

An intimate family performance that celebrates spring!

We have had a wonderful time planting lots of creative seeds at our workshops, and can’t wait for them to blossom this Sunday!

‘Sowing Seeds’ is an exciting collaboration, happening at the farm, between Edge Hill University students and Walk the Plank Learning and we would love for you to come and join us at the performance this Sunday! So bring your family, friends and of course your wellies and help us celebrate spring!

To find out more and to book your free place click here.

A big thank you to everyone who has attended one of our workshops, and for bringing lots of enthusiasm and creativity!

Here is a little sneak peak of what we have been getting up to!

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Movement and Music Workshop

Dust off your dancing shoes – or dancing wellies shall we say – and join us at our fun movement and music workshop this Sunday!

Explore movement and music based on the natural elements of fire, air, earth and water and be part of the creation of the Sowing Seeds Show!

All levels and ages are welcome!

Workshop Dates: Sunday 26 March 2017
Time: 11.30am – 1.30pm’

To find out more and book your free place click here.

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