After moving to Half Moon Farm in late 2016, our first order of business was to set about transforming a disused ant bed tennis court into a compact 450sqm market garden.
We first tilled the soil using a tractor to break up the compacted surface, then we sowed a green manure of cowpeas, buckwheat and millet to help add organic matter and stimulate biological activity. This was tilled back into the soil after about 6 weeks. Following another fortnight of decomposition, we made a series of 42 raised beds, and began sowing our first vegetable crops.
This initial planting was a mix of success and failure - it turned out that our soil, which is very free draining volcanic loam, was heavily leached of essential nutrients. To get the soil into shape for top vegie production, we switched to a completely no dig, compost driven system in winter 2017.
Our market garden might be small, but as we boost fertility and develop intensive management systems, we expect that it will crank out bumper crops of delicious, nutrient dense food!
We're fortunate to have inherited a mini avocado orchard containing 24 trees planted with three quality varieties - Hass, Sharwill and Fuerte. Recent plantings of Reed will help extend our harvest season into late spring.
Hampton is ideal berry growing country, with the right soils and climate to produce delectable fruit. Look out for raspberries, blackberries and blueberries in summer and autumn.
Half Moon Farm is home to a range of fruiting plants that bear smaller quantities of fruit throughout the year. Ask us about what's in season or pick up something tasty at our farm stand.