Sunday, 16 March 2014
Well, the garden is finally in! I'm not sure there's any nicer place to be on a beautiful autumn afternoon than out in the garden, digging your hands in the soil. There's nothing like being out there when the heat of the sun has dropped to a warm glow. I've spent a bit of time over the last couple of days, pottering around getting everything into its place.
The beds were topped up with lots of composty goodness, along with a decent amount of manure and blood and bone. The plants have been tucked into their little beds, where I hope they'll be happy for the next few months, growing and plumping themselves up.
I've replanted the leeks which I direct seeded into the garden a couple of months ago. The garlic bulbs have also gone in. I'm growing the same variety as I did last year, from some of our saved crop. I have no idea what variety it is. It was given to me by a local farmer a couple of years ago and it grows well in our climate. They are lovely, big, white cloves. Great for peeling and eating.
I'm also madly trying to save some strawberry runners. They've gone mad in the last few weeks putting out runners. So I've filled a few pots with soil alongside the raised beds to allow the new little plants to take root in them. In a few weeks, those runners will be ready to plant out into a new bed. In our subtropical climate, the fresh plants tend to give the biggest crop of strawberries, so I'll try and keep as many runners as I can.
And here it is, in all its bareness, the beginnings of the autumn garden. I love that feeling of a brand new garden. When it's all full of possibility, a clean slate.
Now comes the really fun part. Watching it grow!
Tell me, how's your garden going? Are you getting your seeds out yet?