Summer fruit season 2020

Winter-sown broad beans popping their heads up through the soil.

The summer fruit season seems like a world away, whilst we’re in the deep mid winter. But the first signs of life are already starting to show around the farm.

Broad beans

These winter-sown broad bean plants (above) have just poked their heads above the soil; they’ll have been in the ground almost 8 months before they crop in early summer. These plants will give the first broad bean crop of the summer. We will plant more broad beans some time from February, depending on when the weather lets us onto the fields. These spring-sown beans will crop later, extending the season.

Pruned fruit bushes

The fruit plants are very much in hibernation after a busy autumn of pruning back last summer’s plants – the raspberries (below) look particularly bare, if tidy. The new leaf buds will start to form sometime before spring. And then our work will really begin!

Summer fruit season calendar

The fruit season starts late May; check the calendar for the full fruit season dates. And sign up to our email newsletter to ensure you don’t miss a berry.

Raspberry canes in the winter sun
Pruned raspberry canes in the winter sun

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