|Number 1 Bed N2 Plot Broad beans & Peas (14/April/14)|
Since the beginning of this week I have been lifting and turning the clay soil on number 2 bed of Plot 2, breaking the clay down and forking in horse manure which was spread over the bed during last Autumn. The bed has been extended by about a meter and a half at the top (northern) end by digging out the turf from part of the parking area which was a tad too large. To date 50% of this bed is fully cultivated but today I reached the area lower down the sloping bed, towards the south which is still wet from Winter flooding, so tomorrow I will find out if it has dried out enough to cultivate. This bed is to be used for Potato planting this season, so I might just make the traditional potato planting weekend of a late Easter, good planning that, (not). To give you some idea just how damp some of the ground still is, last week while I was forking over another vegetable bed on N2 Plot I unearthed 2 more Horse leeches. They were in the soil approximately 20 meters from the nearest water source, which is the drainage ditch at the, lower southern end of my plots.
Many different wild life species have been making appearances lately due to the welcome sunnier weather. The drainage ditch at the southern end of my plots is currently teaming with tadpoles. Hopefully they will all change into frogs, helping to keep down the pests that attack my veggies later in the year. Many Ladybirds have been out and about for some time now, another voracious consumer of aphids and other pests. Lots of various types of Bumble bees have been gathering pollen on and around my plots and compared with last year I have already seen several Honey bees flying around. At least half a dozen different types of Butterflies have also been sighted. Despite the extremely wet Winter weather there seems to be an absence of slugs on my plots at the moment, which is unusual. Offsetting that, Garden snails seem to be out and about in ever increasing numbers. Another surprising none event whilst I have been digging and forking over my vegetable beds, is the lack of the more common garden birds coming down to soil level hunting for worms and insects. In fact to date none have bothered, even during the warmer sunnier days of late. Perhaps they are still busy constructing their nests at the moment.
|Tadpoles in the Drainage Ditch (14/April/14)|
Remember, when you are gardening take 2 steps forwards and 1 step back, because the weeds will always come up behind you!!
There's Always Tomorrow!!