|Front Garden: Before and After|
Aside from shovelling muck and feeding animals I’ve had little time to garden. The vegetable garden and greenhouse are starting to produce, with potatoes and salad crops dominating the harvest. The lawn, well it’s still a lawn, a pretty big expanse of lawn really that’s just itching to be dug up. I’m reluctant to start doing this right now as with ridiculously free draining soil I fear a warm snap could ruin any young plants I plant or turn any borders I dig in to sand pits. I’ve not known soil this sandy before and this is probably going to be a huge learning curve for me as my previous gardens and allotment plots have been formed atop beautiful rich Welsh clay. So very different from the dry but fertile English soil I find my hands in now.
After recently replanting the front garden, the only real gardening I’ve done so far, I soon realised just how much of an issue this sand-like soil is likely to be. The border is only small and prior to my renovation it housed a couple of old roses, Hemerocallis, and remnants of alpine plants that were clinging on for dear life. The border sits next to several large conifers on one side that edge the garden next door and exacerbate the dryness issue further. This, coupled with the hot weather we’ve had in the past few months did not bode well for some of the plants I put in despite the generous addition of compost. They are starting to perk up now though and by next year we should have a burgeoning bed of beautifulness (try saying that when you're drunk!).
|My temporary vegetable garden|
Aside from the garden, since I last posted there have been a number of new additions to the smallholding – the ex-battery hens, the chicks (15 in total and growing at a rate of knots), a trio of French Wheaten Marans and two new Cream Legbar Pullets (a birthday present to myself), Gareth the rescue pony and my small flock of Hebridean Sheep. There’ll be more to come on those.