The other day I saw my neighbours conferring over the front garden. Now, it might have been to do with the edging, how to mow the lawn in view of the cardboard, or some such issue. And I do appreciate they don’t want an unsightly mess on their front doorstep.
Although I would not be prepared to revert the garden to lawn to keep others happy, I decided it was time to do a little more work on it. So, last night after it had rained, I sowed some summer mix green manure, which comprises mustard, crimson clover, red clover, sweet clover and yet another which goes by the name of ‘Marco Polo Persian’ clover.
I was a little surprised that the rain really had not penetrated the ground at all. Of course, this could have been due the wind direction, if there was any wind, but it opened my eyes to how much water is needed to get it into the ground. In other words, the ground needs watering by human hand from time to time for decent crops.
Anyway, I also decided it was time to cover up the cardboard at the back of the garden, under the front window. This did have a less than pretty look before and nothing except weeds could possibly have grown there because of the derth of soil – or any other organic matter.
So, off I went to a garden centre to get compost. Except that all the composts had peat in them! How can this be admissible in this day and age? The blurb on the back said the manufacturer took great pains to respect the environment but I couldn’t really buy it, in both senses of the word.
The upshot was that I ended up with more manure, albeit with the fancy name of soil conditioner. The blurb on the back of this claims it has been specially formulated for shrubs and trees, which I think is another liberty, but by all accounts it should enable something to grow – eventually!