I’m starting to see how land returns to nature. I am cultivating but, without chemicals and continuous digging, there are some interesting goings-on in the back garden.
Last night, I took down the last of the phacelia, so that I could prepare the ground for cauliflowers. One of the claimed beauties of green manure is that it suppresses weeds. And this logically is likely to be true, although you wouldn’t think it from what I found underneath the ferny fronds.
I think at some point I will have to take my spade to the space where the blackberry bush used to be and get the roots out. It could very well take over the vegetable patch if I turned my back for a moment. Indeed, it certainly has had a good go over the past few months under the phacelia.
There were also weeds and silver birch seedlings under there as well as a lone cauliflower from last year, which had not had chance to develop. Pity it didn’t have the vigour of the aforementioned brambles. On the other hand, no doubt the silver birch seedlings would have eventually become trees!
It’s not all doom and frustration, however. I am very pleased to have the nasturtium back after last year (in more places than last year as well) and the strawberry plants are producing runners left, right and centre. So, the floor of my forest garden is gradually getting covered without my having to lift much of a finger 😊.