Winter has truly given way. Chilling mornings are gone, and steady 21 degree days are in. The gardens are feasting on the increased sunlight.
Water remains an ongoing challenge. In the absence of drought, Lord Howe Island rainfall does not vary significantly between winter and summer. However, demand from the gardens increases substantially.
We face this coming summer with a vastly increased catchment area and storage capacity. We are hopeful that we will be able to maintain garden irrigation through the heat.
The gardens and nursery are currently growing 27 different products, including pumpkins, rhubarb, tomatoes, lettuce, and capsicum.
Thornleigh Farm is now producing over 35 different products. Many of them are picked out of the ground on the morning an order is picked up. Some of them need to be picked in advance and then stored for a short time.
Chilling food as soon as it is picked keeps it fresh in the days before order pickup. We’ve invested in a cool-room so that we can do just that.
The cool room is kept chilled to six degrees celsius. Inside, we store orders ready for pickup and produce that needs to be picked in bulk: Like oranges and avocados.
The cool room joins a long list of infrastructure investments we are making around the farm. Along with the irrigation system, water storage, tool sheds, and more it will help us restore Thornleigh to a fully productive state.