It was one of the earliest starts to harvest for a long time, although it was always on the cards as the crops have been about ten days ahead all year. We began with winter barley on the 11th July. The oilseed rape has also been harvested and safely tucked away in the shed. At this point it might be helpful to explain the difference … Continue reading Henley Standard Farming Matters August.
It seems every week we get yet another new government policy announcement, all of them part of the ‘Save Big Dog’ campaign. Personally, I think the weak Tory MPs who keep supporting Boris Johnson need to think long and hard about this. The reason I stray into politics in a column on farming is to illustrate how this continual flip flopping and making up policy … Continue reading Henley Standard Farming Matters July.
Spring, which has now officially turned into summer, is my favourite time of year. The dullness of winter, in terms of colour in the countryside, is replaced by a kaleidoscope of greens as the trees awake from their winter slumber. The wild flowers beneath the trees and along the field edges and roadside verges add to the mosaic. When things really get going, especially the … Continue reading Time to grow your own food.