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Veggies and salads, plus Stansted Garden Show preparations

We are about 4 weeks behind to where we normally would be at this time of year due to the weather over the past 8 weeks. This means that we are only just planting out the tomatoes and cucumbers in the polytunnel, to be followed by our sweet peppers and chillies. Let’s hope the weather is a little more stable to bring them on quickly.

On Saturday, I travelled to Trill Farm near to Axminster to participate in a commercial salad growers workshop. It was based on a farm that was owned by the founder of Neal’s Yard Remedies. She now leases out the farm buildings for lots of interesting small businesses such as a potter, soap maker, carpenter, chef and catering company, as well as Ashley Wheeler and his salad business. From what I saw, and in some cases tasted, there are a few more salad leaves that we might try to extend our current range. I just need to track down the relevant seed.

This week, we need to be planning our theme for our annual stand at the Stansted Garden Show and bringing on the plants required. If you have never been before, it is worth a visit as it is very family orientated and has some excellent stalls. This year, it runs from Friday 8th June until Sunday 10th June.