It is being said that this winter is quite mild. I’m not sure I agree. There seems to have been a lot more frost and day time temperatures seem lower than I’m used to. Not that I’m complaining.
It’s great to feel the crisp frosty air in the morning. It’s not so great when you are wearing your new wellies and your toes start to go numb. At the same time, the feel good factor after a day’s work at Old Sleningford Farm is hard to beat.
Yesterday, we were in the forest garden cutting down raspberry canes, which we left on the ground to rot in situ. The idea is that the carbon goes into the ground rather than into the atmosphere.
I’m doing similar in my own garden. Whilst some cuttings go into the compost bin, as I do need compost, a lot of dead stems and leaves are staying in and on the ground. This includes strawberry plant leaves and nasturtiums.
I don’t really know if leaving the organic matter where it has been growing helps capture carbon but it should help the soil, not only adding nutrients but protecting it from the elements. It should also give various organisms shelter.
Back to the volunteer workday at Old Sleningford, we had the pleasure of a fearless robin’s company. It spent much of the afternoon hopping round the branches we had laid down and pecking in the soil. I hope he enjoyed the experience as much as we did!