What we do seem to accumulate is heavy duty plastic sacks which our wheat and oats come in. Our current helper attacked the pathways and did a great job clearing the weeds,
|New pathways, Cauliflowers plantlets, and Cape Gooseberries.|
Our tunnel is laid out with raised beds as have all our previous tunnels, we do this for several reasons, firstly it is far easier to work and build up soil fertility if the bed is confined, to us it makes no sense to build up fertility on something which might be walked on, we keep the beds at a width that can be worked from both sides, no point in getting the soil into good condition if it has to be walked on to plant, it also makes rotation very easy. Next years planting have now been started in the tunnel, so far winter cauliflowers have been planted, rather held back I'm afraid in modules waiting for some time to be planted out, hopefully they will produce for us. The garlic is also planted, once the tomatoes have finished cropping they will be replaced by onions which we have found no matter where we are living do better in a tunnel than outside.
|Strawberries have to be sorted.|
Although we are still picking tomatoes and squashes
In Spain our Parsnips were always an embarrassment to us, they were so big and had to be mined out of the ground,
|A modest Parsnip, just the right size.|
|These turnips have changed my mind about this veg.|
|Last of the Romanesco Cauliflowers.|
|Cocks Comb Amaranth in full glory.|
|The first shoot of Tropaeolum has appeared.|
The Hubbard birds have now reached the minimum date that they could be slaughtered , 84 days, we have however found that they are hard enough to get to a finishing weight despite increasing their food considerably, they are gaining just half a pound a week, 250 grams, the average weight at day 84 was 2.9 kg just under six and a half pounds so they have a reprieve for another couple of weeks. Cost wise we will not have gained much, we can buy an 3kg Organic oven ready chicken for sixteen euro, we haven't done an exact costing but it will be somewhere around the ten euro mark, this does not include bedding or our labour. If we do them again we will cut down the ranging area, we had doubled the Organic requirements, doing our self no favours. Still it is an interesting learning experience.