Winter in the Smallholding

The generally dry and cold winter has meant we have been able to do various landscape alterations to the smallholding without the place turning to mud! We have ordered our seeds for next year and as these arrive throughout January we begin to feel new season excitement on the horizon.

This winters ‘big’ project is the construction of a wonderful new tunnel. The protected space created will almost double our tunnel space which will give us huge scope to provide our wedding guests with fresh seasonal produce either side of the main season. We are hoping that we will be able to start planting up the tunnel in Feb so that we will have our first harvest in April/May 2017.

In the ‘old’ tunnels the winter crops are doing well with parsley, lettuce, Pak Choi, chard, leeks carrots and oriental greens all adding an extra spice to the winter greens available from outside.

The winter squash we harvested in the autumn are still holding very well. They are called ‘Harlequin’ and have such wonderful yellow and green strips that they can provide ‘set dressing’ for the weddings as well as succulent, sweet flesh for the squash ravioli!

Photo credit to Ria Mishaal Photography