Yesterday, I took advantage of the rain to move the fuchsia. It’s got quite big now and is preventing me enjoying the smaller plants around it. Besides, it seemed a sensible idea to place it in the part of the front garden which will be in deep shade in winter, when it is bare, and leave the brighter edge for stuff that might appreciate some sunshine.
The soil in the front garden was easy to dig, possibly because in addition to the rain it has plenty of ground cover (but not roots drinking water) to protect the soil. However, I could still only go about half a spade deep before hitting the subsoil.
At least the fuchsia didn’t need as much space for its roots as the yucca I planted last month. Nor will the latest kale plant, which I popped into a space where I’d cleared away dying clover fronds.
One of the teachers on the PDC had recommended I didn’t use clover as a green manure (I had already planted it the previous summer, though). I can see why. It has strong roots, so it seems it does need to be dug in rather than pulled out. Not that I could dig it in, even if I wanted to: by the wall, where the clover is, the soil is so full of ornamental pebbles, the half a spade deep elsewhere starts to seem like heaven!