Monday, 8 August 2011

Sissinghurst Smallholding Fair

Next weekend will see us at the second Smallholding Fair at Sissinghurst Gardens. Last year was marred by the weather:we’re hoping that the weather will settle down by then, especially as there’s still hay to be made, and wheat to combine. We hope to be busy with our stand, but are looking forward to hear the original posh smallholder, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, address the assembled throng. I understand that the “climate change farmer” Mark Diocono will also be at the fair: a brave man, planting olives and other exotic crops commercially,but we need innovators. Apparently there will be a good selection of livestock for the public to look at: I hope the micro-pigs won’t be making a return visit.These were disturbing, and we heard a number of negative comments over the weekend last year.
We are very excited, not to mention nervous, to say that we have been asked to be a guest nursery at Sissinghurst for a couple of weeks this month. Our plants will be available at the plant shop after the fair.
We’ve managed to make about 18 acres of hay between the showers-our new ley was very productive, though the fields in stewardship were thin. At least, we’ve more in the barn so far than we made all last year.

It's yellow daisy time again: Silphium perfoliatum.
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