It seems like ages ago, but Bath & Bristol Organic Growers (BABOG) met up at Kensons Farm near Salisbury only a few weeks ago, on Saturday 23rd January, kindly hosted by Hugh Collins. A good turnout, we all met at the Veg Shed shop, well stocked even in January, then moved onto the propagation area and polytunnels. Hugh grows most crops for several local weekly markets, but also does some wholesale – especially potatoes, onions and asparagus. We checked out his new system for aerating the stored onions to prevent rotting, and also the benenfits of dig vs no-dig beds in the polytunnels.
Hugh is also taking on another Future Growers trainee this season, and we swapped experiences and recommendations on volunteers vs waged labour. After admiring his many brassicas standing well in the field, and checking out the leeks and new asparagus beds, it was time to head to another barn for a look at Hugh’s extensive machinery collection.
After checking out his root lifters and other tractor-mounted tools, we headed inside for a welcome hot cuppa and homemade cake; along with chats on the merits of the Biodynamic seed sowing calendar, best varieties of crops, the weather and green manures. Thanks to Hugh for a very informative meeting; any volunteers for the next BABOG in spring please get in touch!