It might only be 6 degrees outside, according to my phone, but after doing a bit in the garden it feels very pleasant sitting on my patio. In fact, whilst working I felt the need to remove my coat. When was the last time that happened?
Anyway, onto what I was doing…. Fertilising the rhubarb no less!
Recently, I collected twigs from around the garden and along with prunings from the roses, I made the base for a hugel bed. This was topped with straw, manure and compost, which I hope will feed my favourite perennial. My dad gets the most amazing sticks of rhubarb – has put a lot of goodness into his soil – and it would be fantastic if mine could produce something even halfway similar.
Last year, I got car bootfuls of the stuff, because it grew in abundance at the allotment I then had. Remembering this and how busy I was there gives me a twinge of sadness that I don’t have the plot anymore. It was a mild winter but in any case with so much ground clearance to do, there was none of this year’s waiting for the true gardening season to begin again.
Still, if I want to make the best of my garden, it is good I have moved on. So, let’s see how this rhubarb fares with lots of food wrapped round it!