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  • Bulbs, Bulbs, Bulbs!

    Today we went down to Tremelethen Farm to see what father and son, Rob and Keith Hale, have been up to.

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    Tremelethen Farm are currently getting their bulbs ready to send off in huge quantities across the UK. Before they can send them, they have to clean and grade the bulbs.

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    The bulbs travel up the conveyor belt where any stones and debris are removed by hand.

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    Then the bulbs move on to a new section where they are brushed to remove any dirt.

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    The bulbs are then graded and sorted as they are shaken along the next part of the machine. There are different sized holes for the bulbs to fall into.

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    Once a basket is full, it's emptied into huge bulb containers, labelled by variety, and are then moved into the ventilated greenhouses.

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    Thanks Rob for showing us around!

  • Life on the Farm July 2014

    Our farmers are as busy as ever preparing the fields for next Season's crop, which should be ready around the end of September.

    Mike Brown from Sunnyside Farm has been using the machine below, a "Bulb Hoover", in the last few days on his farm.

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    The Bulb Hoover has belts that scoop the bulbs up & into the wooden box on the back.

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    The next step is to bring them back to the shed for cleaning & grading.

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    Before machines like this were invented, the bulbs used to be ploughed up,  left to dry on the ground, then picked up by hand into baskets.

  • Farm Life

    You might be wondering what all of our farmers do when we aren't sending out flowers. We've had suggestions that they are taking long holidays in foreign places, or relaxing on the islands- but unfortunately for them, that is far from the truth!

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    At this stage in the Season, the farmers have to dig up all the acres of fields so they can treat and sterilise the Narcissi bulbs ready to be replanted.

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    The fields are prepared ready for next season too!

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    There is a long process before the bulbs are ready for replanting as they are above, so check back on our blog in a few weeks and we will explain the next stage to you!

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