Before setting off for the annual Wassail at Old Sleningford Farm, I managed a few minutes in my own garden. Not a particularly onerous task but one that gave me immense satisfaction.
At the Permaculture Ambassadors’ Conference in Birmingham last April, we had been offered seedballs. These had seeds for a number of different plants, including wild garlic, red sorrel and yarrow.
I put some down when I got home but there was virtually no rain from then until September and not surprisingly nothing came of the sowing. However, after mulling over what to put in two rather slim beds, I remembered the seedballs and decided these would be excellent for them.
Thus, there are now seedballs scattered in the mini raised bed at the very back of the garden
as well as by the slope to the pond.
There is also phacelia sown on the ground between the pond and the fence. I doubt this seed is viable after being in the airing cupboard for a number of years but if it does germinate, it will be great to have some vegetation growing in this difficult space (dry and shady).
As for the slope, I hope something will grow from the seedballs, as vegetation in this spot should make the pond more attractive for creatures interested in using the water. I’m also curious to see if there is a difference in what grows here, compared with the back border.