Week 20 (2018) Update

This week we planted the first of the seed raised fillers ie Orlaya grandiflora, Ammi majus “Graceland”, Ammi visnaga “Casablanca” and Daucus carota “Dara”.  Ammi and Daucus had been looked at in previous years but the seed quality seemed to be and issue hence this year they have been supplied by Florensis as plugs.  The […]

Week 19 (2018) Update

Not much to report this week except to say that the Scabious have established well and are growing away vigorously.   Next week should bring quite a bit more planting in the tunnels.  

Week 18 (2018) Update

This week we planted a wide range of the Scoop series of Scabious.  These arrived as rooted cuttings in week 16 but as the tunnel was not steamed by then they were potted on into 50 module trays to allow them to grow on and not be checked before planting.  This is the third (and […]

Week 17 (2018) Update – the start of the season AT LAST!

What a start to the year, snow, gales frost and torrential rain!  However at last the wind dropped long enough to get the tunnels skinned and the sun came out (briefly).  We also managed to get the triple span tunnel steamed thanks to Phil Collison and his team.  So at last we will soon be […]

Week 42 (2017) – the end of this seasons trials.

The  land has been rotavated and the tunnel covers removed for the winter.  The blog will now be discontinued until the start of the new trials season in spring so please come back then and keep up with developments in 2018.

Week 40 and 41 (2017) Update

The Fusarium trial had been left as long as possible in order to ensure the maximum level of infection possible before rotovating the whole crop in to ensure a good level of inoculum for next years trials (a grower worse nightmare having it sat  in the soil waiting to infect next years crop!) See photos […]

Week 38 and 39 (2007) update

We are very close to the end of this years trials programme now but some of the late crops such as the caryopteris are just coming into flower (see photos below) The scabious is still flushing and seems to have had a new growth spurt since the weather has cooled down (see photos below) And […]

Week 36 and 37 (2017) Update

As would be expected things are now slowing down at the CFC with many of the trials coming to an end.  The final planting of grasses has now been harvested (left hand photo) and the last flush of Gomphrena was harvested in week 37 (see right hand photo). The first planting of lilies in the […]

Week 34 and 35 (2017) Update

The Scabious are still in full crop but they have not performed as well as last year, presumably down to the weather conditions earlier in the year. The first round of liles in the growing media trial are almost ready for cropping and the second round is growing away well. The Gomphrena are still cropping […]

Week 33 (2017) Update

This week we have been catching up with the harvesting of the trials after last weeks Open Day.  This was especially true of the scabious, grasses, gomphrena and alstroemeria. The lily media trial is growing well with less early differences present in the second planting than the first which presumably is a result of maturation […]