I’ve been dipping into the latest GROW Observatory online course, which is ostensibly about the results of their monoculture vs polyculture experiment this summer. I wasn’t able to take part due to lack of growing space but it is interesting, nonetheless.
Anyway, I’ve just been introduced to the website for Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute called Soilscapes. Basically, this will tell you quite a lot of interesting data about the soil in the U.K. In other words, the site kindly confirmed that my soil was low fertility.
Now, you might ask why I need a website to tell me why annual vegetables won’t grow in my garden. True, I’ve observed such but a part of me believed it was something I was doing rather than the natural state of things.
One thing that I could have clocked but didn’t was that the soil tends towards acidity: gorse and bracken growing practically outside my door. From a soil test, my soil appears to be neutral but then fruit does better than veg and possibly not just because of its perennial nature.
In any case, I feel I’ve joined a couple of dots this morning!