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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

Potatoes and onions are due to be planted at the end of the week .

By pauljonathan, Mar 24 2013 12:42PM

Is there anyone out there who thinks that this weather is normal ? Traditionally potatoes are planted by farmworkers on Good Friday , which is always the first Friday after a Full Moon , which , if you garden with reference to the waxing and waning moon means you are planting your potatoes in the correct phase . I fear that this tradition will not be followed by many this year . With a Cropshare day planned for Saturday, with potato planting and onion set planting on the agenda , things don't look promising . It is interesting to note that the Biodynamic calender has Good Friday and the Saturday as inauspicious time for planting potatoes and suggests a date in May for potato planting .If this ends up being the case I think I will have to through the whole month of May without sleeping .As this bad weather continues , our work load is being compressed into a shorter and shorter time and this is worrying . There are only so many hours in the day and in situations like this something always falls off the edge of the list of 'things to do' . This has an impact on what we can produce and inevitably the range will be limited . There is another piece of Farm Folklore which says that inevitably over a 12 month period an average amount of rain will fall . Looks like as well as all the planting we will be having to irrigate all summer ....... Great .

1 comments
Mar 28 2013 03:33PM by Helen

The friendly band of happy CropSharers to the rescue then! Enjoying reading your blog Paul!

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