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As Christmas looms in the not too distant future there always seems to be an increased sense of urgency in everybody’s behaviour, as if the world if going to stop and we must get everything finished before it does.  Our farms are not exempt from the mad rush that precedes Christmas the only difference is that the crops know no different and continue to grow regardless.  This always brings up a difficult challenge of trying to time our plantings so that we will have enough produce to feed you for Christmas and to ensure we don’t have everything coming to harvest in-between Christmas and New Year, when we close the home delivery for a week. From past experience I’ve learnt to just press ahead as normal because no matter how much planning goes into the crops trying to get them to be ready on the exact day we want them to be is largely down to whatever weather Mother Nature throws at us.  This week alone we’ve had hot northerlies, cool southerlies, rain, hail and a bit of everything in between!  Thankfully we dodged the severe hail and have been busy weeding and seeding our blocks with a range of summer plantings, including sweet potato, corn, zucchini, pumpkin, tomatoes and cucumbers. The mixed weather has not really allowed the bugs to be too prolific (mosquitos included) and on the whole we haven’t had too many issues yet, apart from the obligatory cabbage white moths and a few grass hoppers.  The health of our soil is building year on year and as we can increase the organic matter levels and biological complexity of the soil it leads to healthier plants, which have thicker cell walls and this will also be contributing to the fact that we are experiencing lower pest problems.  However I shouldn’t temp fate, this is the country of extremities after all! Have a great week and keep healthy! Cheers,
Al

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This week's Seasonal Box:

The likely box contents for this week's Medium Seasonal box are:
  • Oranges - Valencia (1kg)
  • Apples (750g)
  • Banana - Cavendish (750g)
  • Zucchini - Small to Medium (500gr)
  • Tomatoes - Cherry (250g punnet)
  • Asparagus (bunch)
  • Potatoes - Sebago (1kg)
  • Lettuce - Salad Mix (150g)
  • Pumpkin - JAP (500g)
  • Onions - Red (500g)
  • Kale - Green (bunch)
And don't forget to add further items (extra fruit, veg, bread, dairy, pantry items etc) to your box.
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