A forgotten pocket

Over the winter at Old Sleningford Farm, we cleared an area of dead vegetation. I asked if I could keep some of the seed heads for my garden and put them in my jacket pocket.

Then I didn’t wear the jacket again until today, when I wondered what the lump in one of the pockets was. So, the seeds and heads have now been finally sprinkled in an area I’m giving over to flowers this year. The idea being that it will create biomass which feeds back into the soil and gives it a rest after my attempts to grow vegetables.

After some time in my pocket, I have no idea if the seeds are still viable. And of course they could all blow away with the continuing winds. However, I’m hoping that the phacelia they’ve been sprinkled amongst will provide some protection.

In spite of the supposed 2cm of rain today, as well as however much in recent times, the pond doesn’t seem to be overflowing. I’m wondering therefore if the wind blows moisture away from bodies of water. Or do I have a dreaded leak.

On the other hand, pools have been collecting in other parts of the garden. Below is pictured one of these pools by the back door. It will soon disappear into the soil, though.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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6 Responses to A forgotten pocket

  1. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    I put seeds in my pocket all the time in autumn and forget them so they often end up in the washing machine! Hope yours germinate

  2. What a nice surprise to find in your pocket! Wind does increase evaporation, but I doubt much at the temperatures you must be having now?

    • Helen says:

      That’s what I would have thought, too, Martin. Unless the birds have been drinking it😉.

      Anyway, I’ve just done a quick internet search and discovered that it is usual to expect water loss at a rate of 1 inch/2.5 cm per week in the U.K. at this time of year. The evapotranspiration caused by the high winds won’t be helping matters, apparently at any temperatures.

  3. I bet they’ll be fine

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