Out On The Plots This Week:
A couple of dry, mild days gave me time to catch up with some of those jobs that seem to have been hanging on for ages, including finishing pruning the Apple trees. I sawed several more large branches
off the Bramley, which opened up the centre. I hope this also means that the top end of the adjacent veg bed will be less shaded this Summer, so that crops can grow better. Climbing Beans will be planted there, but even they need light to be able to get going
up the sticks!
The oddly shaped bed at the top end of #145 has never been particularly productive, but in a spurt of optimism I dug out all the huge weeds and clumps of grass, broke down the soil surface and sowed some flowers seeds; Ammi majus,
Nigella 'Black Pod', Gypsophila and Calendula. Jane gave me some Golden Marjoram, I had a pot of Thyme, and this morning I planted lost of Acidanthera corms there too. Surely some of those things will grow, so that the bed doesn't just look neglected
I also filled some of the gaps in the Triangle Bed: 6 tall LiIlies "Miss Lily" and a red Astrantia, with Crocosmia 'Emily McKenzie', which I especially like, going in the new bed by the metal shed. Epimedium 'White
Hart' was planted in the Forage Garden both ground cover and a splash of brightness: not everyhting has to be edible, after all!
I've laid some slabs to make a short path so I can more easily access the water cistern alongside the shed, as well as cutting
back hard the two Buddleia that are either side of the path between the two plots.... plus failed to catch the rabbit yet again!
No pics, as my camera was at home, but it feels like things are moving forward. I'll take some for next week
next tasks are to prep the main Potato bed, and clear the Broccoli bed, as the harvest will be ending within days. This is where the Squashes and Sweetcorn will go in the Summer, so the soil will need a good feed, and then be covered to avoid weeds growing
until it is needed. The narrow bed alongside the lower polytunnel was unused last year and looks a bit of a mess, so that needs to go on the list too
And there is the not-so.small matter of the broken arches and other debris from the storm to start
facing up to, which I am not looking forward to...I have a bit of a plan now though, so perhaps it is time to step up....