The beginning of May heralds our busiest month of the year as soil temperatures warm up and the microbial life within them starts to really get going. After the wettest March in a decade and despite the short warm snap in April our fields are only just starting to dry out enough so we can cultivate the ground in ernest. We find ourselves with a seriously backed up ‘to do’ list as numerous planting and direct sowings weren’t completed due to the bad weather.
Despite this we’re really looking forward to the month ahead as we get to grips with our 3rd season at Oakcroft. The restoration and regeneration work we’ve carried out on the site over the past couple of years is still ongoing but the systems we are putting in place are starting to take hold; most importantly, the improvements we’ve made to the soil structure and fertility are starting to show. Our crop plans for the year are looking good and more organised than in previous years, this coupled with investment in new equipment should allow us to overcome the slow start to the season as we constantly improve our efficiency and time management on the site.
It won’t be long till the steady stream of late spring produce fills the veg boxes, with the likes of spinach, salads and radishes at their best. Plus, having given over our large mobile greenhouse to new potatoes this year we’re really looking forward to the early harvest from them due very shortly! Among the 40 crops we’re planning to grow this year will be the regular hall of beautiful tomatoes, a healthy hit of brassicas and a bumper crop of french beans and we absolutely can't wait for them all!
The alarm clock is going off ever earlier at the moment but with the promise of a great bounty just around the corner that’s no bad thing.