Ideas for pots

Gardening at home – No pots? No problem!

It’s March 2020, we’ve all suddenly had a bit of a shock regarding our ability to go and buy food, either through limited access to shops (self isolation) or limited stock in the shops. There are other food supply option which we can access like our very own Tree and local food veg box schemes, but these cannot all ramp up at the same speed as the emergency measures have struck. As a resulRead More…

THE HUNGRY MONTHS

By Isabelle Low Come spring, the winter crops of cabbage and kale and leeks have bolted and the stores of potatoes, onions and roots are running out. Spring vegetables have only just been sown and won’t be ready to harvest until May and June.   Eating in the hungry months in medieval times was both hard and uninspiring – a diet dominated by old potatoes, cabbage and wormy apples. PresRead More…

A group photo with Geoff Squires at the farm

Farming for the zero carbon future – a visit at James Hutton Institute

Today we heard from Climate Change Commission that UK must cut land use emissions by two thirds to meet our goal of zero carbon by 2050. There has been much talk about planting trees to achieve this, but low carbon farming and taking care of our soils is expected to account for as much as 23% of those savings. You can probably imagine what planting more trees would look like, but low carbRead More…

A photo of Elliott and June with broadfork

It is all gone quiet at the Farm

As we near the end of the year, things are winding down at the Urban Farm and Community Food Garden. At the moment, we are busy making next year’s crop plan and its accompanying sowing schedule to keep us on track. We have taken a hard look at what worked well for us this year and what didn’t. 2019 was a successful growing season due to our planning and the hard work and commitment ofRead More…

Loving Leaf Mulch

This time every year we witness the leaves from the trees change colour and fall to the ground, their job of making energy for the trees to grow is over but their work does not end there. The leaves are full of nutrients and carbon which we are eager to put back into the soil. The task of raking, collecting, leaf blowing, stock piling and shipping begins. For the gardeners and veg growers,Read More…

Climate Change and Water

Climate change has manifest itself in many ways around the world, from record summer extreme temperatures, to the melting of the polar icecaps and glaciers, leading to sea level rises, which in turn threatens coastal cities and is leading to the disappearance of islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans like Kiribita (Gabbatiss, 2018) and the Maldives (Union of Concerned Scientists). With the meltRead More…

How to Use All Those Runner Beans

Isabelle Low Our Edible Campus gardens are currently awash with runner beans. They are one of the superheroes of any vegetable garden: reliable to grow, prolificly productive, no significant predators or diseases, plus they give a payback by setting nitrogen into the soil. Their only drawback is that they need to be planted out only when the risk of overnight frost has passed so Read More…

Has the World enough resources to sustain the current population growth?

Can World agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture and forestry sustain burgeoning populations without habitat destruction, deforestation or species/biodiversity loss? In the late 18th century Thomas Malthus wrote ‘The power of the population is so superior to the power of the Earth to produce substance for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race.’ (Wolchover,Read More…

A photo of a man washing the beetroot

Systems for the people

Karim, an organic farming student getting experience at the farm bringing the beets! June and July has been busy months for us as we continue planting our modules keep up with our harvest. This month we had horticultural interns, Kateryina and Felix, joining us and it’s been great having them working with us. They have brought with some great ideas with them. Kateryina came up with the idRead More…

A photo of hoes

Weeding tip from the Urban Farm

The hoes on the left the red ones are oscillating or stirrup hoes. The other ones are collinear hoes designed by Eliot Coleman. At the Urban Farm and Community Garden at the moment we are busy direct sowing, and sowing and planting modules. It is a busy month in the farm and we are enjoying seeing it take shape. I thought I would just say something about our approach to weeding. We start ouRead More…

Nuclear Energy; the pros and cons

Background We are surrounded by matter, made up of atoms, each of which contains enormous amounts of energy in the bonds that hold the atom together. This energy can be released through controlled nuclear fission to produce heat, steam and ultimately electricity, or through uncontrolled fission to produce atomic bombs, like Little Boy and Fat Boy, which were dropped on Hiroshima and NagasakiRead More…

Seed Sowing Galore!

The gardens are
beginning to buzz as they slowly are bursting with new life.  Signs of
springs such as frog spawn, bumble bees and yellow daffodils is a sure sign that
it is time to start sowing those seeds.     While out in the Edible
Campus gardens, we have now cleared out the last of the leeks, dug up the final
jerusalem artichoke and have done a final push of weeding anRead More…