I had been determined to build the eighth hugel bed today in order to proceed with my growing plans. However, I am also full of cold and woke up feeling decidedly ropey.
Then I saw that not only was the sun out but that all of the front garden was bathed in direct sunlight – even if just for a short time. This is something lacking in December and January, so it is a welcome return.
This observation gave me the impetus to get into the back garden and get digging. In fact, it was a relatively easy job, as the soil had been been made more friable with all the chard roots left in it overwinter, I think.
As the hugel bed is likely to draw nitrogen from the soil in the early stages of decomposition, I’m going to use it for nitrogen-fixing broad beans and peas. The beans can go in now – and it will be interesting to see if they fare the same as their autumn planted sisters.
As for the peas, they can go in next month. And this year, I hope I will have a successful crop after the relative lack last year….