There was heavy rain today, evident by the pounding on our corrugated ‘skylight’ so we did not do as much gardening as we had hoped. We instead surveyed the beds to see what damage the recent snow and cold weather had caused. Everything seemed fine, the brassicas were ok.
Some jobs for us to do next week include pruning the dormant fruit trees and bushes.
In the studio, we took down the handmade Christmas decorations and made wall plaques from clay. The Heart Gardeners collected interesting plants and pressed them into clay – we will fire them in the kiln after leaving them to dry out slowly. Similar to the sample ceramics we made previously.
When it’s icy, snowing and the ground is frozen, there’s not much gardening to do!
Dust off snow that’s heavy on branches which may snap under its weight but leave the blanket over plants to insulate them.
Keep the birds coming into the garden by feeding them high-energy snacks.We made bird food from lard, bird-seed, figs and apples and poured it into toilet roll holders to hang in the trees. Birds like blackbirds, blue tits and robins are the organic gardeners’ friend – they eat all the pests like aphids and caterpillars that munch our plants!
Heart Gardener Jo ventured to clear the last of the cosmos which was hit by the frost.
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Friday 26th Nov
We continued to mulch the beds in the garden with farmyard manure and netted the rest of the brassicas against the pigeons.
We planted 3 rows of garlic (French, purple Germinador), split the head into cloves and planted 1″ deep 4″ apart – garlic is a hungry crop and needs fertile soil. Also, an extensive wild snap to make to head divide into cloves.
NB: never use garlic from the supermarket, it would introduce viruses into your soil and will be imported from China so won’t be suitable for our climate.
We dug up a huge harvest of Jerusalem artichokes – not to everyone’s taste! And replanted some tubers for next year.
We also finished off clearing the bed full of strawberries and have lots of spare plants going for free – just call into the studio and ask or they will be composted!