Low Stanger Seeds Trial - Final Update
Low Stanger Farm - 21 October 2013
Our seed trials are drawing to a close, although we are still harvesting the trial carrots, and have yet to harvest any of the sprouts. The tomatoes are almost over, unusually we have not yet had a killing frost. The chocolate cherry have proved to be a late producing tomato, and are still ripening. Personally, I find the colour, while delightfully chocolatey, a little offputting! However, it does have some merit as a late cropper.
Of the sprouts. Sanda and Roodnerf look promising, while the gorgeous looking Red Bull has been very late to mature - and possibly won't produce a marketable crop. None of the sprouts looks like a competitor to the likes of Igor (F1), for us at least.
We liked the carrot St Valery, it performed better than our regular crops in the roots field - we will certainly sow this agin next season. Amsterdam was poor, however.
Low Stanger is a small family farm on the western edge of the Lake District. The farm has a small market garden of around two acres on which they grow vegetables and fruit for consumption locally, chiefly in the nearby town of Cockermouth. The climate is challenging, with persistent damp conditions and frequent storms, as well as low light levels and a short season!
The seed variety field lab is looking into Open Pollinated (OP) seed varieties available to non-organic growers and trialling them in organic systems with a view to either creating a demand for them organically or saving them on farm for use in subsequent years. The field lab is part of the Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme which is aiming to improve productivity, quality and environmental performance in organic and low-input agriculture.
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