After what has seemed like a very long winter here at Peaks Top Farm, enduring the ‘beast from the east’ part 1 and 2 plus numerous cold and wet days, spring is finally here! For 3 days we thought we had gone straight into summer as an unseasonably warm spell of weather sent temperatures up to 26 degrees here in North East Lincolnshire.
With the improving weather and longer days it is noticeable how all of our fruit crops on the farm have woken up. Lush green, new growth can be seen on all our strawberry, raspberry, gooseberry and currant crops. New leaves on plants at this time of year always look so healthy and vividly green.
Our Vibrant strawberry plants which have been covered in fleece all winter are now back up on the table top growing system. They look extremely well and are well into flowering, so fruit formation won’t be long to start the strawberry season.
All varieties of gooseberry along with red and black currants are also in flower. Plant care and nutrition are particularly important at this time of year to maintain health and disease prevention. So careful monitoring takes place each week. Flowering plants are extremely vulnerable to cold weather and late frosts which can damage flowers and therefore reduce fruit yield. Fingers crossed we avoid any such problems this year.
With good care and a little luck along the way 2018 should be a bumper fruit year at Peaks Top Farm. Weather permitting from mid June we should have lots of fruit to Pick your Own and for Ready Picked straight from the farm. To find out more on when fruit picking will start please call Peter on 07968955240.
As a reminder the ‘Fabulously Fruity Wine Shop’ is open each Saturday from 12 till 4pm. Our entire range of fruit wine is available in the winery shop and tasting samples are available each Saturday.