A while back one of my friends gave me a bag of woodash to put round my apple tree. She recommended March as a good time to do it, so the other day when it wasn’t windy or raining, that’s what I did.
I also thought ‘If it’s good for the apple tree, maybe the blueberry bush would appreciate some, too’. Oh yes, a handful went round that as well.
Then I thought that I had better check in case woodash was alkaline rather than acidic. Just as well I did… It is alkaline and blueberries really don’t like that. So, I quickly scrapped away the ash and put down all the coffee grinds I had been collecting, in the hope that this would make good any damage.
Of course, only time will tell if the blueberries produce fruit but having made a mistake once, I was a little more cautious today.
Having spied a spot to do some planting, the plan was to sow a green manure: phacelia.
It would be nice to see some flowers for a change and I was eager to plant these in particular, as they are new to me. However, the packet says to be sown from March. Oh no! I was disappointed but it would be such a shame for them to be lost to frost. So, instead some buckwheat has gone in.
I’m not too keen on this, when all is said and done. I planted some back in 2010 and was a tad underwhelmed, with the result that this packet of seeds has languished in the seed box ever since.
I hope that the buckwheat still grows as the soil in my garden does need plenty of tender-loving care. Whilst digging today I was reminded that the soil is very heavy, so perhaps the buckwheat will break it down a little. If not, at least the hooverflies will enjoy the flowers and then I can plant the phacelia later in the year.
© Helen Butt, March 2014