One row up!

Yesterday, I mentioned the puzzle of the nasturtiums withstanding snow. Now, I notice another phenomenon which intrigues me, although I think the answer to this may be more straightforward.

Whilst doing a morning inspection of the back garden, I was delighted to see the first set of broad beans coming up. I therefore crushed up some eggshells and scatters them round the seedlings to keep the slugs and snails off.

However, only one row of the beans is peeping through the ground. On the other side of the hugel bed there is nothing to be seen. So, it seems that the side that has germinated gets more light (more sunshine), which perhaps at this time of year is even more significant than it would be in, say, June.

In any case, at least there is a bit more light in the garden this winter. I had heard that my neighbours were going to cut down their conifers, which all but block the sunshine in the winter. This they did not do – but the trees have been trimmed around the edges, which I am pleased to see has had a positive effect on light levels.

At the same time, I’m glad the birds have still got a home nearby. It would be a shame to see fewer blackbirds and pigeons because they couldn’t roost there anymore. I never knew they would bring me such joy!


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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7 Responses to One row up!

  1. Linda Penney says:

    Lovely update Helen thank you for sharing

  2. Clare Pooley says:

    I agree with Linda – I enjoyed this update too. Conifers can cause such problems! They are such thirsty trees and make such deep shade but they are also wonderful wind-breaks and as you say, give shelter to the birds. Make sure the pigeons don’t eat all your little bean shoots!

  3. I’m glad the trees remained, both for birds and I’m guessing some privacy. It’s great to hear that the trimming is letting in the light the plants crave. Isn’t it amazing how small things can have such a big impact? I hope you are doing well, Helen, and that your holiday plans are giving you something to look forward to.

    • Helen says:

      Actually, I hadn’t thought of the privacy aspect but the trees do blank out part of the housing estate behind us.

      The trees could do with being shortened by a few feet (would still be high screens) but then I would definitely have a lot more winter sunshine. However, like you said, it is amazing to see how much the small change has improved the light.

      Anyway, our holiday plans are coming together nicely. How about you?

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