This month on the Kings Seed Plot the runner beans are already over. It’s not usual for Andrew Tokely to be still picking his runner beans into October and beyond. However, this year they took a bit of a battering by the wind and had to be stripped down early as Andrew explained to Ken Crowther.
This month on the Kings Seed Plot a combination of favourable weather and the skilled hand of Andrew Tokely means it’s been a good year for growing vegetables. He told Ken Crowther the secret was ensuring the ground has been dug over in the autumn allowing it to hold onto the moisture and not dry out.
This month on the Kings Seeds plot Andrew Tokely has been working extra hard. Due to the dry conditions he’s been knocking the plots down by hand. The first plot is netted to protect from pigeons and has been planted with brassicas as Andrew explained to Ken Crowther.
The weather conditions in Essex make it an ideal place to raise plants from seed. On their 300 acre farm in Coggeshall Kings Seeds have been following a production process which has been in place for over 100 years. Ken Crowther meet Andrew Tokely on the Kings Seeds plot to find out more.
There’s not much happening on Andrew Tokely’s vegetable plot, and what’s left is starting to look a bit tired. There are still crops in the ground including parsnips, carrots and brussels sprouts for Christmas, but it’s the time of the year when the plot needs a good clean-up.