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Low Stanger Seeds Trial - Final Update

Low Stanger Farm: Our seed trials are drawing to a close, although we are still harvesting the trial carrots, and have yet to harvest any of the sprouts. The tomatoes are almost over, unusually we have not yet had a killing frost. The chocolate cherry have proved to be a late producing tomato, and are still ripening. Personally, I find the colour, while delightfully chocolatey, a little offputting! However, it does have some merit as a late cropper.

21 October 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Low Stanger Seed Trials September Update

Low Stanger Farm: The carrot trial has shown a clear ‘winner’ in the St Valery variety (Mole’s Seeds). They germinated well and have grown strongly all season. We never thin carrots, so the bunches are of variable size, but they are of good marketable size, and also good colour and great carroty taste! The Amsterdam trial also showed good germination, but they have not grown anything like as strongly. They are almost side by side in the same field.

20 September 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

Carrot update

Trill Farm: All carrot varieties were all harvested as baby bunched carrots (favoured by restaurants and fetching a higher price than normal bunches). The following results are rough estimates of yields (we harvested and sold as mixed bunches). Total number of bunches was around 250 (of 14 carrots per bunch).

21 August 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 3

Carrot trial update

Kate Collyns: Early results from the carrots trial: and basically you can see that St Valery looks very good when compared to the other trial and control varieties.

21 August 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

Starting seed trials at Grown Green

Kate Collyns: As organic growers, we're usually excited and keen to try new things; and trialling seed varieties seems an especially useful and productive thing to do at the moment, given the hoo-ha recently over the EU's proposals to ban all non-registered seed varieties. Plus although I've only been growing here at Grown Green @ Hartley Farm for a couple of years (before that I was an apprentice at Purton House Organics), I've found myself sticking to some tried and tested varieties. Well, you would, wouldn't you? If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?

03 June 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Trill Farm seed field lab in leafy Devon

Trill Farm: My first visit was on Tuesday 21 May to record the progress of seed varieties, donated by various vegetable seed breeders. The trial is managed by Ashley and Kate Wheeler at Trill Farm near Axminster Devon. Ash and Kate are running their own business within a larger 300 acre organic farm on a level site of yellow clay loam incorporating several multi-span poly tunnels. Their main crops are salads intended to local restaurants and shops, including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Café in Axminster.

31 May 2013 | 3 Comments | Recommended by 5

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