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!