This week in the garden, we have a wonderfully large pile of brush wood in the garden and we will be using this to make a new dead hedge in the woodland. For those of you unfamiliar with the term ‘dead hedge’ it is one of the most primitive and ancient forms of hedging. A dead hedge is a boundary or barrier constructed from cut branches, foliage and saplings and all the least usable pieces of woody material cleared from a garden. Dead hedges can create a really important windbreak as well as being a habitats for birds, hedgehogs and other wildlife.
Our woodland paths are becoming rather muddy. However this is easily rectified as we have a large pile of wood chip which we will be spreading over the paths making them pleasanter for walking on.
We have made good progress on weeding both the meadow and the fern bank and hope to complete this this week.
We will be continuing to weave the willow spiral in the centre of the seating area. Once complete it will be planted up with herbs with which we can make herbal tea such as lemon balm, mint, lemon verbena, fennel, sage, camomile and lavender. We can use their leaves and flowers fresh or we can dry some to preserve them and have a supply of herbal teas throughout winter.
We are completing our garden signs which will be used to label our organic four crop rotation: legumes (peas and beans), roots ( including parsnips, carrots, beetroot and onions) brassicas ( including cabbage, mustard, kale, radish, rocket and pak choi) and cucurbits (squash, pumpkin, marrows, melons, and gourds).
It is time to get started on seed sowing. On this Sunday 25th Feb at 11am Cat will be running a workshop all about seeds, what they are, how they work and then we will be sowing a selection of seeds in the greenhouse. These will include seeds of different sizes and seeds which like different temperatures to facilitate good germination. The workshop is free but do book The following week on Sunday 4th March at 11am, Cat’s workshop is all about compost. It’s free but do book here.