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Another day over at OrganicLea, it’s been great to see the plants and trees change over the seasons since I first started going back in January. Now summer is here, things are really growing and everything is looking lush and green. A team of us were up in the field preparing and planting out french beans…

Arriving late means no choice in activity so it's up to the field for me!

Arriving late means no choice in activity so it’s up to the field for me!

Along this top row of the field we were set to dig up the self-seeded potatoes and generally weed ready for planting in the afternoon. (This is 'before')

Along this top row of the field we were set to dig up the self-seeded potatoes and generally weed ready for planting in the afternoon. (This is ‘before’)

These potatoes are self-seeded and all have been attached by a little maggot called Wireworms (I think that's right) which are little bright yellow/orange maggots that have fed on the tubers rendering them pretty manky.

These potatoes are self-seeded and all have been attached by a little maggot called Wireworms (I think that’s right) which are little bright yellow/orange maggots that have fed on the tubers rendering them pretty manky.

It was a big job so many volunteers were sent over to the field once their other jobs had finished.

It was a big job so many volunteers were sent over to the field once their other jobs had finished.

There's a good view from the top of the field, looking down onto the Glasshouses over the garlic in the foreground.

There’s a good view from the top of the field, looking down onto the Glasshouses over the garlic in the foreground.

Nearly finished the row. Once the weeding had been complete, others were following us along and adding a good layer of fresh compost.

Nearly finished the row. Once the weeding had been complete, others were following us along and adding a good layer of fresh compost.

One of the trainees shows a volunteer how to use the marking tool to mark out 3 rows equal distance from each other.

One of the trainees shows a volunteer how to use the marking tool to mark out 3 rows equal distance from each other.

During lunch break, I had a wonder around the Glasshouses to check out progress... these cornflowers were beautiful!

During lunch break, I had a wonder around the Glasshouses to check out progress… these cornflowers were beautiful!

Their climbing beans are doing well this year as they are already up to the top of their strings, were as last year, apparently they didn't even get that high before the end of the season!

Their climbing beans are doing well this year as they are already up to the top of their strings, were as last year, apparently they didn’t even get that high before the end of the season!

Tomato plants are looking really bushy and healthy, some even have flowers on already!

Tomato plants are looking really bushy and healthy, some even have flowers on already!

A mix of pre-soaked french beans are what we were planting out into the prepared bed in the field.

A mix of pre-soaked french beans are what we were planting out into the prepared bed in the field.

Using homemade dibbers (old handels of tools) we made holes along the three lines marked out which were 20cm between each hole and 6cm deep (ish).

Using homemade dibbers (old handels of tools) we made holes along the three lines marked out which were 20cm between each hole and 6cm deep (ish).

Team work was the best method to move along the row quickly. Two people making the holes and one following behind dropping in beans. Once complete, the row was going to be raked over to cover up the beans.

Team work was the best method to move along the row quickly. Two people making the holes and one following behind dropping in beans. Once complete, the row was going to be raked over to cover up the beans.

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4 thoughts on “OrangicLea: Day 7

  1. That’s the answer to my self-seeded potatoes then! Great photos & explanations but the man/woman-power involved makes you realise why machines took over & are still dominant. xx

  2. Hi.Alice, just read your last blog .It all looks such hard work!Aberystwyth had a renowned Agri cultural dept.& during the war they were doing research of wireworms in potatoes. I’m sitting in the garden. Perhaps summer has finally arrived. Looking forward to my holiday with Mum. A big hug & xxxx G

    Sent from my iPad

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