sowing green manure
A couple of years ago I overwintered the patch of land in front of our shed with Hungarian Grazing Rye. Last year I didn’t replenish the soil and our potato crop may have suffered this year as a result (coupled with the fact that the hazlenut trees that border that edge of the plot cast too much shadow). So this Autumn I’ve sown another green manure, Mr Fothergills Phacelia Tanacetifolia, to revitalise the soil for next years crops. Phacelia is very fast growing (started sprouting after a week or so) and will suppress the weeds protecting the soil from erosion and leaching during the winter months.
Sorting through my seeds I found some left over field beans from 2009. I’m debating whether to stick them in (or persuade G to for me) if only to provide some competition for the weeds over winter. I think it’s safe to say my gardening days are over for 2011. On the plus side slipping into my little wellies is a lot easier than struggling past a big bump to get any other footwear on so I may look the part more and more as the actual gardening happens less and less (just try not to notice how clean my boots are!)
note to self: Phacelia sown mid Sept. Photo on left 28-9-11, photo on right 17-11-11
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