I know already that my soil is low on nutrients and organic matter. I know already the effects this is having on my attempts to grow food. I know how frustrated I am in my attempts to grow the soil and then food.
However, I was both dismayed and relieved to read about plantain (Plantago major) in the garden. Dismayed because it is a sign of poor soil and relieved because I can compost the leaves to add nutrients to this poor soil.
This is the biggest patch of plantain
and it seems to be growing very well, possibly gaining from the water for the newest apple tree. The plastic sheeting round the tree was supposed to stop other vegetation from doing this but if anything is stopping the tree from growing as fast as it could, it must surely be the weather rather than the nearby bed of Plantago major.
Anyway, as I am planning a round of landscaping this autumn/winter, I might forego the vegetables next year and instead concentrate on cultivating biomass. This wouldn’t be a long term solution if I wanted an annual vegetable garden, as the nutrients will keep leaching out of the sandy loam, but with more perennials, I might just get the garden of my dreams.