Mill Farm Strawberries

The Year Round

Topping - After the picking season the plants are topped to regenerate growth.

Topping

After the picking season the plants are topped to regenerate growth.


Weeding - The fight against weeds continues all the year round!

Weeding

The fight against weeds continues all the year round!


New plants

We put new plants in every year on a 3 year cycle.

The first year of fruiting is their maiden year when they produce a light crop. This is followed by 2 or 3 main cropping years.


Plants - When the plants arrive from Norfolk the roots have to be trimmed by hand to ensure that the roots drop straight down from the planter into the soil. We plant in the region of 8or 10,000 each year, approximately 1 acre. This will include several varieties designed to cover a 4 or 6 week picking season, depending on the weather of course!

Plants

When the plants arrive from Norfolk the roots have to be trimmed by hand to ensure that the roots drop straight down from the planter into the soil. We plant in the region of 8 or 10,000 each year, approximately 1 acre. This will include several varieties designed to cover a 4 or 6 week picking season, depending on the weather of course!


Planting - The land is cultivated and planting takes about a day, if all goes well, using a 2 row tractor pulled planter.
Planting

Planting

The land is cultivated and planting takes about a day, if all goes well, using a 2 row tractor pulled planter.



After planting - Afterwards the plants are rolled to firm the roots into the ground.

After planting

Afterwards the plants are rolled to firm the roots into the ground.


Irrigation - If it is dry the plants have to irrigated to help them become established.

Irrigation

If it is dry the plants have to irrigated to help them become established.


Strawing - Well before the fruit is ripe, the plants are strawed.

Strawing

Well before the fruit is ripe, the plants are strawed.

The straw stops the fruit falling on the soil and also keeps in the moisture.

First the straw is fed through the machine down on to the rows.

Then it has to be spread out carefully by hand.


Irrigating - The plants often need to be watered otherwise they become under stress and will not produce good fruit. Occasionally if it is very hot they are even given a small amount of water at the peak of the season when they are in full fruit.

Irrigating

The plants often need to be watered otherwise they become under stress and will not produce good fruit. Occasionally if it is very hot they are even given a small amount of water at the peak of the season when they are in full fruit.


Professional pickers come in at 5.30 am each morning to pick for the shops. We pick whatever the weather!
Professional pickers  Professional pickers

Professional pickers come in at 5.30 am each morning to pick for the shops.

We pick whatever the weather!




Some customers like to buy the ready picked fruit.
Some customers like to buy the ready picked fruit.

Some customers like to buy the ready picked fruit.





Others like to pick their own.
Others like to pick their own. Others like to pick their own.

Others like to pick their own.





.......and are not put off by bad weather!

.......and are not put off by bad weather!

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