Yesterday, I went for the first shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The side effects came on more or less as soon as I got home, which put paid to the rest of my day of annual leave being for anything useful.
However, that didn’t stop the garden from moving forward. Once I felt a bit more spritely this afternoon, I took a walk round and noticed that the rheum I bought last autumn is starting to poke through the soil. I’m now therefore waiting with bated breath to see how big it will get this year.
I also noticed that the blackbirds have further encroached into the dedicated garlic bed. This is turning out not to be the success I’d hoped it would be. Many of the garlic shoots appear to be dying off and I wonder if this is due to insufficient water. In any case, damage caused by the birds is of little import if the garlic is failing, anyway.
On the other hand, I’d finally got round to protecting the Nine-Star Broccoli with a cloche the other day and the pigeons do not appear to have caused any further damage.
The plant doesn’t look big enough for the expected three heads of broccoli it is supposed to produce each year but it is perhaps early days yet. Then again with my soil in its current poor state, I’m not unduly surprised.
Hence, after collecting the latest batch of manure, I spread some of it round the cardoon. Originally, I’d been planning to do this once the strawberries had finished for the season but it is looking decidedly bedraggled.
The manure I’m getting this year is much more decomposed than that which I obtained in 2020, so I’m hoping it won’t have an adverse effect on the plantings that are getting a dose now. I don’t have any finished compost to use instead, though I think I am getting into a rythme now in the production of such.
I’ve decided not to take anymore food waste from my neighbours who live round the corner. It is a shame that their waste will therefore now be going to landfill but I just can’t accommodate it. There was also the difficulty of composting the bags the waste was in. It might decompose in an industrial food composting system but it doesn’t work in heaps my size.