August 2019


This is what six acres of runner beans look like from the air not to mention pumpkin and green beans. We have a new irrigation pump, protected by a tracker just in case of theft and is a silent run, large capacity pump for irrigating our vegetable crops. It can we switched on and off from a mobile phone, saving time, running around, and fuel. As I speak the rain pours down, mid August and summer is over. We have had enough water from above complimented by the pump to keep our crops in very good shape. Sweet Corn next week looking fantastic, large bold cobs with loads of weight, and no need for any more water. Courgettes slowing down with the loss of heat, runners enjoying the cooler weather, pumpkin all colouring up.

[PD Smales & Son: New irrigation pump unit]
[Grant funding was awarded for the purchase of a new pump to improve the efficiency of irrigation at Lyburn Farm]
It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development:
Europe investing in rural areas.

For the cheese this month there are a good set of results from the Great Taste Awards, Three Star Gold for the Old Winchester.
Two Star Gold for Stoney Cross.
One Star Gold for the Lyburn Lightly Oak Smoked
Finally a Gold for Old Winchester at the International Cheese Awards at Nantwich.