Green

In last year’s drought all was brown but this time round the sky keeps on topping up the green.

In spite of the drought, last year provided a bumper fruit harvest. A mast year is usually followed by a thin one but that is not true this time. The hazel is heavy in the hedgerows and the apples are swelling fast

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The Cayugas rest under an apple tree

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Considering the amount of puddling they do their ground is surprisingly green this year. But we want to give the fruit trees

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better soil and allow the orchard grass to develop more flowers so these ducks will go elsewhere and we are encircling the area with green yew

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We thought we had been doing well collecting the courgettes while small but there are always some big ones hiding

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Purple emerging from green

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Last year we grew some “baby” sweetcorn, on an impulse thinking that “baby” meant small. We discovered it was describing the cobs – as the plants shot up to hit the roof of the tunnel. They were so exciting we planted some more this year. They must be a different variety as the their green is trimmed with tassels of red

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We have not been growing as many beans this year but the broad beans have thrived

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