Above: Globe artichokes (left) are an unusual sight, while pea pods (right) hang from peastalks.
Above: A sugar beet (left) and unusually large onions, both scheduled for harvest in August or September
Above: An attempt is being made to set the micronational record for the largest marrow (left) while plentiful red apples ripen on leafy branches (right).
At Eastrip in Gurvata and at An Fheirm in Leylandiistan, the latter being the location of all 6 pictures above, the agricultural plots have significantly improved on last year’s performance. This is despite the weather conditions being noticeably worse, with this July being far colder than the same time in 2014.
A great number of different plants have been trialled this year. While dwarf bean trials at An Fheirm have proved unsuccessful, with only four pods on six plants, other plants like potato, onion, pea and artichoke have exceeded expectations. At Eastrip, Gurvata, blueberry bushes have scant fruit, though sunflower, lettuce and tomato plants all stand over a foot tall.
Above: Small pods develop on soybeans (left) while long thin pods branch off of fenugreek plants (right).
Trials of more unusual plants have also taken place. Two such trials involved exotic leguminous plants, soybean and fenugreek, at An Fheirm. Though both have produced satisfactory results so far, fenugreek has been found to have more practical uses. Both crops will be assessed fully along with the others when they are harvested.
Currently beetroot, courgette, peas and salad leaves are regularly harvested. Onions and carrot should be ready for autumn, as should the trial row of sugar beet. The latter has proven to be an ideal plant for the Confederation’s climate, and a technique for extracting the sugar with minimal equipment has been devised, to be employed upon the beet’s harvest. Should a significant amount of sugar be extracted from the beets, a larger patch of up to 70 sugar beets will be planted on the site of an old greenhouse.
Agriculture is the main economic sector of Leylandiistan, with the next being beverage production, followed by furniture restoration. However, with seeds of chive and lupin already collected and several more species yet to have their seeds saved, it is likely the top item on the agenda for the government when it reconvenes in late August will be setting up a government owned seed company. It is known that interest is already being gauged among representatives of other micronations for Leylandiistani seeds and Gurvatan seeds, and Béal na Tíre is aware that chive seeds will be exported to North America in autumn. Whether or not other products, agricultural or not, will also be traded with other states, has yet to be established