Thursday, 19 March 2009

Another sunny day...

Scilla (sibericans? not sure) - small but pretty and a cheerful shade of blue.

Today was broad bean planting day - the variety is Super Aquadulce.  The ground was already prepared, so it was a 10 minute job to put them in.

Then it was on to the strawberry bed.  It's difficult to weed the strawberries after July, as once they have fruited they send out runners to make new plants, so I don't like to disturb them.  So the bed is full of grass and dandelions, covered over with dry leaves which fell from the tree in the winter.  Once a year I get down on my hands and knees to weed and mulch them.

So here's the recipe:
2 parts dry leaves from the strawberry bed, crushed
1 part good quality home made compost
1 part well rotted horse manure
Mix all together well, spread around the plants.  In addition, you will need:

1 comfortable kneeling pad
1 half decent back which is not protesting too much at excessive spring gardening
1 trowel

Got that?

I have done at best one-fifth of the bed, if you look at the top right of the picture you will see an unweeded bit for contrast.  It's gonna be a long job...

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