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Hello , I am Paul , founder of Waterland Organics. For over 20 years now I have been growing organically in the Cambridgeshire Fens .  The journey has been long but has not finished . Hopefully , this blog will give you an insight into what do and the place where we do it ; It's grimness and its equisite beauty

Arrogance is Bliss .

By pauljonathan, Apr 2 2013 12:53PM

Never trust a trust an arrogant farmer , garden presenter, or farm advisor for that matter . Arrogance is normally bred out of a certainity that one knows everything on a chosen subject . It follows on from this that if you know everything , there is no point learning anymore , whether by experience or academic study . These people are dangerous . Politicians listen to them , taken in by their brash ‘know it all attitude’, these people never show doubt as they equate that with weakness . Never make a U turn as this would be tantamount to admitting they were wrong , they had made a mistake , they don’t know everything . They are fallible . The trouble with growing things is that isgrowing is inexorably linked with nature and nature doesn’t do anything by the book or diary or by just doing it ‘because that’s what it did last year’ . So when faced with a season like this just planting things at the same time you usually do might not be the right answer .With soil temperatures hanging around 2 degrees Celsius , when you would expect them to be 9 degrees Celsius, should make you ponder what to do . Will onion sets be more likely to bolt if put into soil this cold ? Or will they be alright as long as we don’t get a cold snap followed by a hot time and then another cold time . Will potato seed be alright in soil temperatures of this level ? Probably . But what about if we have a penetrating frost once the potatoes have been planted? With the soil at 9 degrees , the potatoes would be protected , but at 2 degrees ? You can only make an educated guess . If you get it wrong ; well you thought it through and just got the wrong answer . If you get it right , show now arrogance , do not crow , just be grateful everything worked out well this time .

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