Essex Schools Food & Farming Day at Writtle College: Wednesday 7 June

By 07:30 the Writtle team (Ane and Ron, Carole and Vic, Jane and Sharon) were well on their way to Writtle, apart from Jane who managed an earlier arrival in time for a good breakfast in the canteen!

The weather was cool and breezy this year. The ground was a little churned up when we arrived, which meant we had to park a little way from our marquee – there was much lugging of plants, tubs and general SEEOG paraphernalia!

We were told to expect around 3,000 children from 63 schools at 09:45.

After a good start, we were constantly on our feet talking to children, teachers and some helpers/parents. [Read more…]

Hugel-Culture

Simon’s Hugel bed is now home to potatoes, spinach, kale, garlic, beetroot, broadbeans and radish, with some rocket just added into the mix. His Lasagne bed is now cropping early curly kale, cabbage and lettuce – all snug under anti-pest “tent” netting – weighed down at the edges with pruned (dead) olive wood and a frame made from Arundo Donax (reed). Tomatoes survived three days of Force 7 Northerly winds and the olla pot system on the straw bales is proving an effective low effort watering method. Globe Artichokes bed dug ready for planting and the “curved” bean bed now in place. Robins and Redstarts are now regular visitors to the plot, along with honey bees from his neighbour’s hives looking for water. … [Read more…]