|rhubarb flower by incredible edilble|
However the good weather over the past few weeks, has helped me to get on with my "to do list" for my plot. There is a new urgency now to prepare beds as the french beans, sweetcorn and squashes have all germinated in my greenhouse and will need planting at the beginning of June. I have plants ready to go into my cut flower bed and I need to sow leeks for transplanting in their final position in August and still the "to do list" goes on and on and on.....
I made a start by digging a bed which had been flooded for several weeks in late winter. It has a lot of weeds growing in it, a wonderful crop of plantain, grasses and other weeds. I say digging but actually I have been using a garden fork which is gentler on the ecology of the soil and all the creatures living in it, which enhance the quality of the earth and benefit the plants.
I am going to empty the large wooden compost bin which has been cooking grass and tough plant stems for three years. Hopefully there will be some good compost to layer onto bed 2 where I am going to plant the squashes and courgettes. I will sieve the compost before I put in on the bed and add some well rotted manure into the mix then add more compost for the young plants to be planted in. I am toying with the idea of getting a straw bale and putting that down first to make a real hot bed. But as for now I am digging the to remove the weeds. Luckily it was dug over at the end of December last year so the grass and weeds are not rooted in too deep.
|mmm maybe I will build|
a chamomile bench next.
photo Morehaven nursery
It has been awful few days as far as the weather goes here in Hampshire, gloomy grey skies, blustery, chilly winds and heavy rain but hey the sun is breaking through now. I going to take Pops dog for a long walk through the park and maybe down to the beach. So I will wish everyone sunny days and good gardening.
With Reiki blessing to you