Hello, well these last few days have been a bit of a roller-coaster for us.
If you’ve got a pet you’ll know how much a dog really means to you, they find a place in your heart & become part of your family. Bonnie is my constant companion, part of the rhythm of my day, but I was still surprised how much my emotions were ambushed when she was really ill last week. Thankfully she’s gradually on the mend & we’re looking forward to bringing her home in a few days.
Fortunately the work going on in our garden has been a welcome distraction, & amongst other changes we have six new raised vegetable beds, replacing at least half of the grass that was there before.
This is where we’ll grow our vegetables, instead of having an allotment. We won’t be able to grow as many, but that’s quite a relief because I seemed unable to stop myself from filling the available space & growing far too much [don’t you wish you could buy half -size seed packets] …. & then I had to find ways of using it all up. At least now I’ll be restrained by space.
Although I’ve missed the main growing season for this year, I’ll be sowing seeds like Rocket, Mibuna, Corn Salad & Mizuna this month for hardy salad leaves that’ll grow through the winter. I’ll leave space for planting garlic and broad beans in a few weeks.
I’ll sow green manure in any bare soil, it’s a fabulous crop, grown just to improve the soil ready for plants next year. Some green manures add nutrients to the soil, & the plants also act as a kind of living mulch, suppressing weeds & making habitats for beneficial insects. The plants are simply dug back into the soil in early spring ready to benefit next years plants.
What vegetable seeds are you sowing this month?
all photos: Jill Anderson