A mixture of hay fever and the legacy of camping left me disinclined to brave the cold and rain yesterday. However, it had been in my diary to build another hugel bed, so before settling down for the evening my gardening boots went on and out I went.
There had been a large sprouting broccoli plant in the intended bed, which I stripped in order to make sauerkraut….. I’d borrowed Food from your forest garden by Michael Crawford and Caroline Aitken from the library, which reminded me that I didn’t need to compost the whole plant.
A couple of years ago, I made sauerkraut with red cabbage and that turned out fine. I tried again last year but I followed a different recipe, which left to a mouldy mess. So, this year I’m back to a simpler version. Hopefully, this won’t go straight in the bokashi bin!
Anyway, a couple of sprout seedlings are now in their new home (moved from the ‘coldframe’). Strictly speaking, they shouldn’t be planted where other brassicas have been but I have heard that Charles Dowding questions the need for crop rotation. I’m not sure I would totally throw out the idea of rotation but with the hugel bed comprising bokashi solids, compost and lots of wood, I think the soil will cope with another brassica crop for a second time.