There is nothing quite so uplifting as seeing the first tiny green shoots of the crops poking up from what had been, a day or so previously, brown and rather dull-looking soil. These are the first signs of life of something that will grow from a tiny seedling to eventually becoming a gorgeous, plumptious vegetable lying on my plate after a light steaming and a sprinkling of pepper. You can appreciate my despair when that vision of leafy determination finally succumbs to a two-month deluge of rainwater and disappears into what now appears to be a sort of paddy field.
And my wellies have sprung a leak ….
Farnham Local Food or, as it is now dubbed, Farnham Local Flood is suffering due to the continual adverse weather conditions buffeting the country. The soil at Runfold may be sandy but it has already received more rain than it can cope with and the hastily dug trenches to divert the water are only slightly effective. More seeds for this year’s harvests are waiting to be planted outside, still detained by the storms and crops harvested at the end of last year, such as potatoes and onions are susceptible to the damp conditions while they are being stored.
Despite the weather the wonderful selection of vegetables in the weekly share continues and the volunteers still turn up bribed with promises of biscuits and fair complexions (..something to do with mud and its purported beneficial beauty properties but no one is convinced…). At times like this it is hard not to appreciate the extreme hard work and dedication that growers around the country, particularly organic ones, have in order to supply us with our fresh and wonderful food; let us hope for kinder weather soon.
Until next time, KnitNell