Now we can get all the tools down to the market garden in one go. Thanks very much Andy Lee.
Thursday was a really great volunteer day with a small army of helpers out there on the field. It wasn’t a specially organised day, just a regular Thursday volunteer day with a few extra rays of golden sunshine. This is the one of the best things about Burscough Community Farm, a whole bunch of us of all different ages and backgrounds getting together in this wonderful outdoor setting to grow food together.
We all gain different things from this. Some are there to learn, some for companionship, some for exercise and some just to breathe fresh air and feel the sun on their back. We all benefit from these things, all ages, all abilities, there are jobs for everyone and time for a chat.
Crops are starting to sprout up now and the Garlic is looking particularly good with double the crop that we had last year. We could do with a dose of our current drought weather in July when we come to harvest it.
Our New Loo
The new compost toilet that sits alongside the barn (much more convenient) has had a lick of paint and some new floor covering courtesy of ‘handy’ Terry Lake.
The Dragon Breathes
Getting direct sown crops off to a good start means that you have to try and eliminate the competition from weeds. One of the best ways that I have found to do this ‘organically’ is to use the flame weeder to burn the tiny weed seedlings off before the crop shoots emerge.
A short pass with the flame doesn’t actually burn the weeds, it just fractures cells within their structure which causes them to die off within 24 hours. Such a short exposure from intense heat does very little to harm the soil, barely penetrating a millimetre below the surface.
Because it burns Paraffin, getting the flame weeder to light is an art in itself. A small fire lit in the nozzle must be burned first to start the paraffin to heat up and vapourize. The burner is then pumped up so the vapour is forced out under pressure giving a roaring 4000 degree Celsius flame. It isn’t for the timid and took quite a few goes to perfect. This tool needs treating with respect like any pet dragon.
Trying to get a good start on the day by cleaning up a few ‘veg beds’ ready to plant out later on. It is so peaceful down here with skylarks a plenty singing away.
Another evening session sowing peas and beans tonight. We got nearly all our potatoes in today and we have sown all our squash and cucumber. The season is starting to get going.
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.
Graham Clarkson and myself will be giving a talk in Ormskirk next Friday night.
Come along if you would like to hear more.
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!
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!
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!