Now it’s March suddenly everything feels urgent and the glorious weather has only added to it.
I’ve made a couple of hazel fence panels – nailing ‘foraged’ hazel poles onto cross-braces (mostly of Ash). These will be to replace some old trellis and keep the chickens out of the top bit of garden – the trellis doesn’t do the job! I’m making a mini- (or micro-!) forest garden that will need protecting from their non-stop digging and scraping.
I bought a couple of pear trees and a plum tree from the Agroforestry Research Trust web-site (half price sale!) as well as 2 Solomon’s Seal rhizomes. Solomon’s Seal puts up edible shoots in spring that are supposed to taste a bit like Asparagus. And it’s a nice plant too. The trees are planted but the Solomon’s- seal are in pots to protect them from slugs.
At long last I’m putting what I learned on my PDC course to use and have mapped both front and back gardens. I’ll post progress here as the plans come together and hopefully then to fruition. Some major negotiation likely with kids and Karen, but all part of the process!
I’ll be opening my garden for Edible Open Gardens in July organised by Transition Stroud, so have an incentive to at least get some of the way. At the moment the garden is a muddy mess.
Recent jobs have been:
- making a mulch bed
- hacking back overgrown honeysuckle and bramble
- planting olive and calamondin (miniature orange) following Peter’s tip-off about fruit trees in Wilkinsons!
- pollarding willow (keeping whips to try a bit of basket weaving later!)
- making a bamboo cane frame for growing against greenhouse (doubling as shade)
When I get round to it I’ll post a few photos as I do stuff. If anyone wants to come and look and/or join in let me know! – Seb.