With Spring now on a pogo stick, the clocks sprung forward, and the weather getting warmer by the day, work in the garden is now a dawn-to-dusk priority. It’s become a race to get trees planted and raised beds built before the season overtakes us.
Phase 2 – the top terrace – is now nearly complete with another 4 beds constructed since my last post and already partially planted. While the old woman is in no imminent danger of succumbing to osteoporosis after lugging something approaching three quarters of a metric tonne of compost and manure up 4 terraces and down 2 on her back she’s kind of glad she won’t have to do it again: future additions to the beds will be from compost made on the terrace.
All that remains to be constructed now is a small triangular bed once the present occupants of the site, the cabbages, have come to the end of their useful life.
Most of the seedlings have been bought at market. At an average of 1€ for 5 seedlings, it’s still economical to give the garden a good start this way until such time as we’ve built the passive solar greenhouse for raising our own seedlings. I haven’t bought Brassicas at market though – neighbours have found market seedlings tend to have a much higher incidence of club root than seedlings they’ve grown themselves.
The slope by the house cleared of pine last year is being replanted with olives.
We’ve also planted 5 hazels, 2 apricots, a Granny Smith apple tree, a nectarine, a pomegranate, and several redcurrants, raspberries and blueberries.
And lastly, the potatoes in the potato bin are away!