Soil health, green manures and covid 19

Soil health, green manures and covid 19

I started my working career in banking so if we compare agriculture to banking the soil is our capital . Healthy soils are alive with a careful balance of bacteria, fungi , earthworms and a myriad of other organisms within and on top of the soil busy making soil...
Kale – Nutrient-dense superfood

Kale – Nutrient-dense superfood

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Kale is part of the Brassica/cabbage family, along with broccoli, cauliflower Brussels sprouts and of course cabbages. It is grown for its edible leaves but unlike cabbage it doesn’t develop a head. It originated in the eastern...
February Nature Notes at the farm

February Nature Notes at the farm

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Flocks of siskins have been regular visitors to the farm during February. Siskins are resident Finches with lemon-yellow plumage, long, narrow curved bills and forked tails They have joined the flocks of long-tailed tits feeding up...
Playing with the butterflies

Playing with the butterflies

The weather tide has changed at last. After such a wet winter and a very cold spring we cannot wait to get started on a new seasons plantings. All being well we will be ploughing and preparing ground next week. We have to admit a sense of nervousness after what can...
Local Tomatoes in Winter!

Local Tomatoes in Winter!

This year we have been working with Sacha and Michael to follow the time honoured tradition of conserving locally grown tomatoes for the winter and hungry gap when they cannot be grown here – even in a polytunnel! The tomatoes in these conserves were grown this year...
Agricultural diversity

Agricultural diversity

[cmsmasters_row][cmsmasters_column data_width=”1/1″][cmsmasters_text] I have often written and spoken about how biodiversity is the bedrock of keeping Helen’s Bay Organic farm a viable sustainable farm business. Along with biodiversity in our soils and...