This year November has been the major clean up of the garden ready for winter and more importantly ready for spring.You can see that most of the herbaceous materials have been removed. In some ways I would liked to have keep more of the seed heads for the birds etc., however, in order to plant the bulbs (over 1500 bulbs, see list here) and spread mulch we need access to the beds.The twiggy material goes through a shredder and is then added is bagged up ready to add to the compost heap, the softer material goes straight on to the heap. Only the pertinacious weeds (eg ones with tap roots) get thrown away. In this way we recycle at least 95% of all the plant material. The green link stakes are stored in one of our outbuildings. Given we have 1000’s of such stakes in many different sizes this is quite an exercise in itself. If anyone has a good suggestion of how to store these stakes I would love to know it.A border almost totally cleared ready for bulbs etc
Tulip bulbs ready for plantingAnd the under-gardener planting bulbs on a cold, crisp November day.
Now we have easy access to the climbing roses I need to turn my mind to pruning and tying in the new growth.To the right of the pond more tulips bulbs waiting to be planted.The plastic sheet hanging from the pergola serves two purposes. It keeps the rain off the wooded bench but more importantly it keeps the rain off two small peach trees which are planted in tubs either side of the bench. This should avoid peach leaf curl.Another border ready for winter and the spring.And the same border in July.Elsewhere we have planted bulbs and have spread a mulch dressing onto the soil. This is Ivy’s bed on the garden map. There is plenty more mulch spreading yet to do!
|2017 Gardening Hours|
|Week beginning Nov 25th||Total 2017 to-date||Average per week|
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