Drifting

by Paul Southall on 2nd March 2018
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The combination of the 'Beast from the East' and Storm Emma has produced some interesting snow drifts, through a mix of powdery snow and high winds. The blanket of snow is not helping out on the land, but we hope to start harvesting Purple Sprouting Broccoli again early next week.

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Dubai Purple

by Paul Southall on 13th February 2018
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Many thanks to Naomi who bought this pack, and sent us a pic, of our Purple Sprouting Broccoli in the Dubai branch of M & S. Being a Worcestershire farmer's daughter I hope she enjoyed a taste of the county's produce. Hopefully, a bargain at 10 Dirhams!

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Peas in a Pod

by Paul Southall on 1st February 2018
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Pip has been staying on the farm with Ollie for the last 10 days, but has gone back home to Surrey today. Our first pea seeds of the year went into the ground this morning; sadly a couple of heavy showers stopped the drilling process. We are planting a very early variety into light soil and will aim to put a fleece crop cover over the growing crop - this keeps the frost, and wood pigeons, at bay. With a bit of luck the field will be ready for picking by late May. 

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Oak Beauty

by Mike Southall on 24th January 2018
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This Oak Beauty  moth is an exceptionally early record of a moth usually seen from late February.

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Flying Stumps

by Paul Southall on 24th January 2018
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The winds have been very strong here of late and Richard, one of our farming landlords, had 4 trees blown into his fishing lake in a single gust! The video shows what happened when the trees were chainsawed off at their base......IMG_0118

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Nigel Huddleston MP

by Paul Southall on 18th January 2018
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I was recently pleased to receive a letter from the House of Commons. Our constituency MP, Nigel Huddleston, had taken the time from his busy schedule to congratulate the farm team on our Waitrose Environmental Sustainability Award.

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Spring Usher

by Mike Southall on 16th January 2018
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This early season moth braved the cold conditions last night. The Spring Usher is a sign that Spring is just round the corner.

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New Season

by Paul Southall on 10th January 2018
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At Southalls of Norchard we have now sold the last of our Mixed Squash which, if you don't eat them, will also make beautiful decorations when sprayed. Thank you to friend Di for the sumptuous pic. The one crop we are picking now is Purple Sprouting Broccoli and it is harvesting well and tasting very good. Wood pigeons are normally a problem at this time of year because they also love to eat Purple but at the moment they are distracted by local crops of Oil Seed Rape. The farm team are now focusing on plans for 2018 - 12 crops to be fitted onto around 1200 acres, 90 fields and using over 60 different varieties. It will keep us out of mischief!

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Inside and Outside

by Mike Southall on 13th December 2017
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It is starting to look a lot like Christmas as the song says. The small pumpkins look great coloured in gold. While outside the heavy snowfall brought a wintery feel.

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Fleecy Milkcaps

by Mike Southall on 11th December 2017
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A small group of Fleecy Milkcap mushrooms, Lactarius vellereus, appeared recently. Unfortunately they are not edible.

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