Making holes

Since putting newspaper, manure and cardboard down to create better soil near the back door, I’ve been mulling over how to proceed.

First of all, I wondered how easy it would be to plant through the cardboard layer, at the top of the piles. So, when it rained the other day, out came the scissors and it was just like slicing butter with a hot knife. The points of the scissors went straight through the cardboard, so I made as many holes as seemed appropriate for the garlic to be dropped into – when the time comes.

The next question is whether I should go so far as to plant the garlic now or leave it a week or two. I could always plant now and cover the cardboard with compost in due course (ie when I have time). However, that somehow seems wrong.

In other words, I think I’ll be waiting at least to the next weekend before revisiting the garlic conundrum. If only the rest of the world had the mental space to be bothered by such questions.

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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10 Responses to Making holes

  1. That looks like a really good idea

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    We all need to think about the garden more. I am wondering if I dare leave the geraniums another week before bringng them inside for Winter.

  3. Carole says:

    These are important questions! Focusing on the soil is a great sanity protector (for me, at any rate).

  4. planting onions and also potatoes through holes in cardboard has work for me in the past (potatoes obviously not until spring) . good luck with the garlic 🙂

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