Kate Collyns - 26 July 2013
...and we have a winner in the First To Fruit Stakes: Stupice! These plants started showing ripe red fruit on Monday, and have given a kilo or so of medium round tomatoes since then; closely followed by one lone ripe Gardener's Delight tomato today (Friday), then Tigerella and Golden Queen, Galina & Jen's Tangerine. The Stupice plants did look particularly stressed confined in their pots before planting out though, so it will be interesting to see if their early fruits come at the expense of total yield.
Kate set up Grown Green @ Hartley Farm in 2010, a two-acre market garden in Wiltshire between Bath and Bradford on Avon, selling to farm shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants. There are three polytunnels, herb beds and a small field for other vegetables and flowers.
The seed variety field lab is looking into Open Pollinated (OP) seed varieties available to non-organic growers and trialling them in organic systems with a view to either creating a demand for them organically or saving them on farm for use in subsequent years. The field lab is part of the Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme which is aiming to improve productivity, quality and environmental performance in organic and low-input agriculture.
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