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 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…

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…

Ready, steady…grow!

Since the new year we have been busy putting together our crop plans for the Community Vegetable garden and the Urban Farm. This year we will be growing a wide range of crops with around 50 different types of vegetables, which will allow us to deliver a wide range of learning experiences, as well as a varied diet! We have just about finished our sowing and planting schedule and we are particulaRead More…

A photo of Main Kernel Plot

Improving the soil at the Urban Farm

This is just a quick catch-up to welcome in the New Year. Before Christmas we had been busy working on our bed preparation on the farm. We have altered the pH, making it more acidic by adding some elemental sulfur. Hopefully this will bring it closer to the optimum pH of 6.5 where the most amount of nutrients are available to the plants. We are also adding some food and soil life with a layer Read More…

Elliott outlining principles of Urban Farming at the Kernel Anniversary event

Growing at the Kernel in October

Things are progressing nicely at the Kernel growing space. After cultivation in the early autumn, the growing site seems to be draining well but the winter will be our real test. We are enjoying the last of late crop of tomatoes and peppers and preparing to overwinter crops in fleece tunnels to extend our season. This will supply us with fresh produce early next season. Along with the polytunnRead More…

A photo Elliott and June at St Andrews University Orientation week green fair

Our September growing and workshop planning at the Kernel

It’s been a busy few of months at the Kernel growing space over the summer as we have been laying down the groundwork for this brand new project. We have just finished the design for the community vegetable garden and urban farm. We are now waiting for the farmer to finish off the last of the cultivation and then we can begin marking up the site. The site is looking good and the drainage seRead More…