Yesterday, I got the first sense of my forest garden turning into a genuine forest. It’s way way off being any such thing but flowers are popping up all over the place, although I don’t know what they all are.
Being a dry, calm day, I took the opportunity to sprinkle wood ash from a friend with a wood burner in various places – but in particular round the fruit. The apple tree really needs a second mulch since the first one was applied around Christmas time.
Instead of emptying the finishing off compost bin, though, I decided there was no time like the present to get on with some sowing. There was a patch in the forest garden which was vacant after the removal of the primroses last week, so why not try some spinach. I’ve not had much luck with this before but you just never know.
Anyway, this put me in the frame of mind to also sow runner beans, mangetout and carrots (outside, though in the annual vegetable garden). Some of the soil was quite compacted, perhaps because of the heavy and, at times, unrelenting rain this winter. So, much as I would like to avoid digging there was nothing for it but to get the spade and hoe out.
I also sowed some lavender inside. That could take up to 90 days to germinate…. Hopefully, it won’t be that long – it would certainly be nice if I had some to put in the garden and enjoy this summer, no matter how small!