What a fantastic day!
Blue skies. Quiet neighbours. Time to spread compost made this winter on the vegetable beds and remake the heap for more.
Also a brilliant opportunity to tidy up.
The self sown forget-me-nots have not flowered yet – perfect time to hoe them out and include them on the new heap along with duckweed from the pond and other unwanteds like dead nettle and wild mustards and a couple of thistles and groundsel.
It was hard physical work emptying the compost heap and remaking it – layering the weeds with half made compost from my two black dalek bins.
There were lots of tiger worms in evidence – a good sign.
The heap has also had some wood ash and urine sprinkled through it as well as half rotted leaves.
Some of that was very wet and slimy so I included a few layers of ripped up cardboard and old newspaper.
A bit further down in the garden towards the orchard and other compost heaps there are plenty of good things to eat.
This took about two or three weeks to force. I’ll pick it tomorrow to stew and eat fresh. Some of the other crowns are still almost dormant – but when they get going I’ll make rhubarb and lemon chutney.
The ruby chard is still glowing along along with nearby clumps of snowdrops that light up this shady area of the garden.
I harvested the purple sprouting broccoli and some winter salad leaves – I shared some with Rebekah who helped me this morning.
I was pleasantly exhausted after five hours in the garden – so much so I had a cheeky pint of homemade cider to refresh myself when I’d finished!
I’ll do a proper post next time – but so far radish in modules are germinating well.
Calabrese also reaching for the light and the first Greyhound Cabbage is through.
But no sign of the spinach.
The lettuce looks as if it’s “damping off” – I think I overwatered it and it’s going mouldy on the surface of the compost. I might have to sow some more!
You win some – you lose some!