On the first of July last year, I decided to document the change in the back garden over the months. Now, I have reached the same point in the year again and here is the comparison:
Clearly, the structure of the garden is pretty much the same, with the paths as they were last year. Various perennials such as the rhubarb and apple tree are also in the same position as they were then.
On the other hand, the amount of garden taken up by the Jerusalem artichokes is much bigger now. And in spite of my best efforts to reduce the number of poppies, there are more of them, over a larger area, 12 months on.
The yukka on the patio has now moved to the front garden. Indeed the patio is no more, so much else that was on it has been put in the shed I got in February. The ground in this area needs considerable amendments to build the soil but once all the hugel beds have been constructed, I will be able to divert the biomass to mulching.
The aim is also to buy another apple tree to extend the forest garden. This will give more height closer to the house, particularly appealing in winter when the Jerusalem artichokes have been cut down. The strawberries are moving forwards in any case, so there will be fewer bare patches for months of the year.
However, I don’t want the garden to be just apples and strawberries, so I need to work on perennial vegetables and other fruit. For now, though, I hope the annuals are productive this year. Sufficient water and a more stable and warm temperature would help!