This morning, we were at a youth hostel near Hexham. I enjoyed the few days away but as always I was happy to be coming home. Not least, I was eager to start 2018 by getting on with my to-do list, which included putting the wood ash I got from a friend last week in the compost bin.
I was both surprised and pleased to see that a broad bean shoot was coming through in the hugel bed which had attracted the rats in December. I think some of the seeds will have been lost to animal activity but the layer of cardboard and compost on top of the bed has not stopped germination.
The broad beans in the earlier-sown bed continue to germinate and grow, so the year is off to a good start. And hopefully, this year’s crop will be better than the last.
Overall, the produce from the garden saved me something in the region of £250 in 2017. Most of this was down to two crops: strawberries and Jerusalem artichokes. The apples also contributed a health amount to this total.
I’m hopeful that I will have a good crop of all of the above this year, of course. But it would also be nice to finally see a decent number of blackcurrants on the plate.
As for annuals, apart from the aforementioned beans, I’m a little unsure. I haven’t yet bought any seeds and may not actually do so. I have some left over from last year and I’ve saved seeds as well. However, preparing the soil for more perennials is my main goal.
What about you? What plans have you for the coming year, wherever you are in the world? Hopefully, 2018 will be a good one for all your endeavours.