Barley

5/07/2015 10:36:00 am 0 Comments

Now the soil has warmed up we’ve planted a strip of barley in each the arable fields, a total area of about 4ha, retaining what was grown on the farm before, and it’s already started chitting. Get the combine greased up - it looks as if we have got a crop!

Sam has topped the new wildflower area on what was previously arable land, which often has a problem with grass weeds, especially blackgrass. The blackgrass is an annual so cutting it should control it and stop it shedding seed. The wild flowers in the same area are a mix of perennials and annuals so it will be interesting to see whether the cornfield annuals come back this year. At Cotswold Seeds we are regularly asked for advice about how to manage wild flower meadows and weeds so it will be interesting to see what happens on our own farm.





Matthew Johnson

Graphic Designer at Cotswold Seeds Google

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