Winter work programme……………

So it’s mid-winter and we’re hard at it in the Walled Garden. All the fruit trees have been pruned and we’re now picking up the debris and the permeable membrane which has kept weeds off the ground, more or less anyway, over the last few years. The new plan is to put down well seasoned chippings – two years – and then in early March we’ve got a lot of prostrate Rosemary that we’ll plant as ground cover. There is something really beautiful and tidy about clean soil, but I also think that the chippings make the orchard in the Walled Garden look ready for the season.

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Up close it looks a little less attractive. DSC_0108 rs




I do have some concerns about the fruiting of these trees. I don’t think they get enough water and I am considering some form of irrigation. It’ll have to be intelligent irrigation,  we don’t want to overwater, and the water should preferably be from rainwater butts. That is the next little research project for me.

Look out Hozelock!

This is what it looked like when James Snr. had taken up the weed suppressant membranes, strimmed the edges and ensured that the tree protectors were firmly on.

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When he and James Jnr. had put the wood chippings on it looks like this…… in the snow this morning, as you can see below.DSC_0098 rs after


And last but not least, below you can see how the rhubarb looks after the same treatment. If you look carefully you’ll see the tiniest little leaf in the foreground, that’s the first rhubarb leaf peeking out………….. hmmm


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