It’s time to Get Digging. Normally I take a ’no dig' approach to the beds on my plot. I put a dressing of manure and compost on the top soil in the Autumn and then sit back and let the worms and frost do the work. But this year, here in Hampshire, we have had almost no frost - at least not yet! My soil after all the rain became water logged and is hard and compacted and frost and ice crystals have not broken up the soil texture. Then the worms have not been at their usual task of drag down the compost and manure which usually disappears over winter. So it is time to get out the fork, spade and plank to stand on and start digging.
|lovely photo ofLangstone Harbour|
Emsworth Wildlife Society
While I have been waiting for the soil to dry out enough to work on, I have made an arch to one of the entrances to my plot and moved my Tansy and a hyssop to new growing sites. One advantage of wet soil is that these deep rooted herbs came out of the ground easily. I have created a willow cage over the the Lovage as it is near a path and it is easy to step on the growing crown. I made one also for the Bears Breaches plant (Acantheae) which I have grown from seed. Again it is near the edge of a path and after three years waiting for it to flower I would hate it to be crushed through a carelessly placed boot. Here is a picture of what it should look like this summer. If it does flower I will have a great sense of satisfaction of having grown it from seed but perhaps getting a root division would have been quicker and easier.
The past weekend was lovely and I enjoyed being at my plot pottering around the edges of the bed doing the jobs I could do. Maybe this week I will be even be able to cut the grass and dig some - a bed ready to plant my early Potatoes,
With Reiki blessings