June 2007
Young mangold wurzel plants

Left:  Raised in captivity, these young mangold plants are now ready to leave their pots to join their counterparts in the mangold patch.

This birdís-eye view shows how the plants might appear to a crow or a tit.

Vehicular mangold wurzels

Right: Everything you need for transplanting, thinning and weeding your mangolds can be accommodated in the boot of a conventional motor car. It is not necessary to purchase an agricultural vehicle.

The mangold patch

Left:  A general view of the mangold patch following weeding and thinning.  These operations have slightly traumatised the mangolds, resulting in the foliage looking a bit droopy.  They will soon perk up though. 

Note the fence around the perimeter: this is to prevent crop depredation by rabbits, which are abundant in this area.

Readers may wish to know that the Associationís mangolds are being grown organically, just as Mother Nature intended.

 

Right: These mangolds were sown directly in the soil, and are now nearly 7 (seven) weeks old and flourishing. A tray of young plants approximately four (4) weeks old is shown for comparison.

The soil-grown mangolds are displaying superior growth because the ground here is particularly rich in nutrients, especially pig shit.

Flourishing plants