Wednesday, 31 August 2016


A fairly recent addition to the polytunnel is a couple of peach trees.
These were actually grown from seed by taking some organic white peach
stones and putting them in some compost in the glasshouse.

They were planted a couple of years ago and this year had fruit for the
very first time. Not many, only six fairly small peaches, but the

We're hoping this is a sign of better things to come and look forward to
bountiful crops of St Martin's peaches in years to come.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Sweet clover

Sweet clover is grown as a green manure - to suppress weeds, fix
nitrogen and build organic matter in the soil. It's an amazing plant,
growing really tall and producing masses of yellow or white flowers that
bees and other insects love.

This field has plants that are in excess of 7ft tall and show no signs
of stopping yet! They also have very deep roots, which is ideal on our
sandy soils. Searching for water deep down, they are also bringing up
minerals and nutrients from lower down in the soil profile.

Next spring we will gently cultivate this field and all the organic
matter in this crop will give a massive benefit to the following crop.