Experimental farming

Here at the farm, we really enjoy trying out new and interesting plants.  This week, we are experimenting with two wonderful potential crops – tea (Camellia sinensis) and bay laurel (Laurus nobilis).  In both cases, our farm is just on the edge of the range for winter survival.  So we are hoping to protect these crops in the winter with low tunnels for the first couple of years.  After that, they will be on their own.  We hope to offer some fresh and dried bay leaves this year from our plantings.  The tea will take a few years, but hopefully we can begin harvesting tea leaves in 2-3 years.  Next time you see us, ask how the tea is doing!

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Newly planted row of bay laurel

 

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