It was so cold today, the secateurs were like ice cubes in my hands. Likewise, it was not comfortable holding the spade. However, I was pleased to get a few small jobs out of the way in the garden this morning.
Over the summer, the apple tree had grown closer to the shed, which meant stooping to get to the bins, which I keep out of view behind it. Not ideal, but then cutting off branches with new buds forming was also less than ideal. Still, pruning does mean I will get more branches and more buds in the future.
It’s still too early to say if the rat has moved to pastures new but I decided to spread out the compost I put down over the latest hugel bed. On Monday, it had seemed quite thick but now it’s more like a thick sprinkling. At least it will feed the soil somewhat, especially important after losing the bokashi solids inside the bed to hungry vermin.
One thing is for certain, fennel will be on the menu for me next year. It has already started to regrow after being cut down in the autumn. And I could still have nasturtiums if I wanted… They are starting to look quite bedraggled but last night’s snow showers and winds didn’t kill them off.