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Summer is here and berries are ripening; Family Open Day

It has been a hot and sultry weekend. I had to leave it till late this evening before I could go watering tonight in the polytunnel as it was like a Turkish sauna! The positives of the heat are that it will speed up the growth of our tomatoes and cucumbers but on the down side, the seedlings and transplants dry out very quickly and can quickly perish. We are beginning to sow some of those crops that are successional for the summer months now being on the second batch and the start of a few of the winter brassicas.

The berries in the fruit cage are ripening very quickly with blackcurrants, redcurrants, strawberries and raspberries all ready for the picking. Next week, we will have some in the bags. If anyone is a jam maker and would like to PYO, we are happy for our customers to do this, just email me or Christine and we can arrange a mutually convenient time. We are also always looking for volunteer berry pickers at this time of year in return for some of the soft fruit. Let me know if anyone might be interested in picking.

This coming weekend is our annual Family Open Day. There will be lots of family-friendly activities going on for the children so please do bring them along in addition to the opportunity to PYO. We will have Chrissie from Bush Vines joining us, with the opportunity to taste her English or organic wines, as well as a large cream tea refreshment. We are putting a plea out for homemade cakes in addition to prizes for our raffle if anyone feels inclined to support us – we would be very grateful. There will be a Chichester Choir coming to sing and Sarah Hughes will be organising the pond dipping for anyone keen to see the creatures in our wildlife pond.