We are proud to supply Spindlebrook Farm, a No-Dig vegetable market garden in Devon, with their peat-free compost. They grow delicious vegetables and salads, ecologically produced without the use of tilling or heavy machinery. Hen Anderson explains more about their ethos:
What does a no-dig approach entail?
â€œExactly what it says â€“ no digging! Our focus is on nurturing healthy soil to produce plants that are full of vitality. One way we do this is through the dense transplanting of large seedlings. This helps suppress weeds, rather than having to dig weeds up. It is a bio-intensive way to grow that also doesnâ€™t use any harmful chemicals.â€
What type of vegetables do you grow at Spindlebrook?
â€œSpindlebrook Farm cultivates tasty things that are hard to grow but people love. We mainly grow salad leaves and salad vegetables such as peppers, aubergines and tomatoes. Where possible we use heritage or open-pollinated varieties. They are not necessarily as consistent or predictable as hybrid varieties but are worth it for the flavour.â€
Whatâ€™s your favourite variety?
â€œThe beefsteak tomato â€˜Pink Brandywineâ€™ is probably the best tomato Iâ€™ve ever tasted. One was as large as my head!â€
What gardening challenges do you face?
â€œWe may be in South Devon, but we are north-facing and at the bottom of a valley, so the frost tends to stick around longer than is helpful. Itâ€™s also a real wind tunnel, for easterlies in particular. But weâ€™ve developed ways to combat these climatic conditions.â€
How long have you been using Fertile Fibre peat-free compost?
â€œWeâ€™ve been using Fertile Fibre since 2016. We had tried a few other peat-free compost suppliers, but germination wasnâ€™t great and often, when seeds were germinating, they just didnâ€™t last.â€
Why do you use Fertile Fibre compost?
â€œIt gives us peace of mind. Fertile Fibre provides a high germination rate and strong, sturdy seedlings. We know the seedlings arenâ€™t going to show signs of stress after only a couple of weeks of being in their cell trays.â€
How does our compost cope with your paper pot transplanter system?
â€œReally well! We save time as we donâ€™t have to sieve Fertile Fibre seed compost before putting it in the small paper â€˜cellsâ€™ that divide up the plants.â€
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Whatâ€™s a good tip when using Fertile Fibre?
â€œDonâ€™t compress it too much!â€
Have you a favourite compost mix?
â€œThe Fertile Fibre potting mix is great for us. Our style of gardening means that we want many of our transplants as mature as possible in their trays before putting them out in the garden. They are happy to do this in Fertile Fibre without the need for more fertilizer.â€
Whatâ€™s next for Spindlebrook Farm?
â€œWeâ€™ve just finished a dedicated propagation polytunnel. Weâ€™re looking forward to making the most of it this summer by selling potted herbs locally, as well as our no-dig vegetables and salad.â€
Find out more about this innovative spot on the Spindlebrook Farm website.