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FEBRUARY 2021 | MIDWINTER

FEBRUARY 2021 | MIDWINTER

  Hello again and welcome to February.  The soil building focus continues.  So far I have not managed as much winter gardening work as I would have hoped because of the incessant rain, it isn’t good to stamp about on wet soil because it gets compacted.  It is wise to think about soil as a living thing – which it is. On the few dry days I have pruned two fruit trees and redistributed soil piles made of upside-down turves, and as…

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JANUARY 2021 | ANOTHER STEP IN BUILDING A SOIL

JANUARY 2021 | ANOTHER STEP IN BUILDING A SOIL

Hello again in 2021. There is colour to be found, sparingly, in winter as the big picture shows – the brightly coloured twigs of Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’.  Remember last month when I focused on getting started with building a soil?  This time I am thinking about a useful second step on the same road. For me there is nothing better to counteract Lockdown ennui than building something, however small, for the future. | What benefit to be gained from a…

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DECEMBER 2020 – GROW YOUR OWN, THE ESSENTIAL FIRST STEP

DECEMBER 2020 – GROW YOUR OWN, THE ESSENTIAL FIRST STEP

At the Allotment | Vegetables are a lot more “hungry” and demanding of soil than a domestic garden and building a soil is the essential first step to growing your own.  As I have mentioned in previous posts I am currently building my soil and to do it I am using whatever I have at my disposal. I was too late this year to consider Green Manure.  This needs to be planted six weeks before the first frost so that…

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