11. Growing Seasons and Crops
Today we are going to think about what our farmers are planting and growing in the fields at the moment!
We are lucky to have a video blog from a friend in Malawi who is telling us all about what he grows in Africa to feed his family and how the weather affects his decisions. Quite a contrast!
If you are lucky to be able to walk in the country on your daily exercise you will see the farmers busy at work growing lots of crops for us to eat ,whether as cereal in the morning or flour for bread and barley for feeding the cattle through the winter.
Crops grown in Scotland include:
- Spring barley – the main crop.
- Winter wheat and winter barley.
- Oilseed rape, potatoes and other root crops - to a lesser extent.
- Soft fruit such as strawberries, raspberries and blackcurrants – grown mainly in Tayside and Fife.
- Vegetables such as peas, carrots, turnips and swedes – grown mainly in Tayside and Fife.
Once we are all able to go out and about again normally please try to look at the different crops growing in the fields and see if you can work out what is growing and when - is it Spring or Summer planting?
How about growing something yourself. Did you try the tomato seeds in Spring Week? If so did they work? Do you have any seedlings?
How about trying potatoes - they are easy to grow and usually very successful.
Our friends at Potato House have donated some potato growing kits to an after school club and we hope to see how they get on in the weeks to come.
If you would like to try here is some information from Potato House
A potato growing bag will take 2 or 3 tubers - fill the bag about 2/3 up with soil and then put the tubers in and cover and water. As the leaves start to come through, cover them again - this is counter-intuitive! But this encourages more downward growth and fewer new tubers growing at the top (where they can become green in the sun and not good to eat) keep covering till the bag is almost full. They need to be kept well watered, but not waterlogged.
Harvest would be around the end of August to the start of September. You will get about 10 tubers from each old one.
Scotland grows potatoes, however, in other parts of the world the crops can be very different.
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