This April the spring weather has really been struggling to fight off the extreme winter conditions we’ve experienced in recent months. Luckily the sun did manage to pop out for us last week just long enough for us to start planting some of our fresh green vegetables!
How it works…
The perfect conditions for planting is a dry day with the sun on your back and there is a touch of moisture in the soil allowing it to still pliable but not so wet that the tractor is sliding all over the place - or worse, over the seedlings!
The tractor driver, module planter and produce team (seen sat on the back of the planter machine) all have to work in time together to plant as efficiently as possible. If the tractor driver goes too fast the planter will run fast too and the produce team will not be able to stock it fast enough. If the tractor goes too slowly the produce team will become out of sync and time will be wasted in the few precious hours of dry weather. The produce team have superb concentration and know the job well so it isn’t long until they are all in rhythm.
The vegetable fledglings are popped into cups, which the planter moves down one by one into the ground and rolls them into the soil. Once in the ground we wait for mother nature to sprinkle a bit of water on them with a heavy dew, or her preferred method of rain, so they have the best start in the open field.
In just a few hours we can sow 10,000 plants and in just 60 days time they will be ready to be harvested filling the Farm Shop and Restaurant with yummy fresh greens.