Monthly Archives: December 2018

The great rhubarb move

Great day on the plot, bright, dry, no wind, not too cold and a bed full of overgrown rhubarb plants needing thinning. The physical activity was welcome after the Xmas food abundance:)

The plants were competing with each other and dried out in summer so we wanted to leave only three in the bed.

We were joined by Steve who got on with clearing the bed. The soil was nice as attested by the many worms thanks to mulching over the years. We had some compost left over and wanted it incorporated as well.

I have dropped of a supply of manure onto our compost heap. The middle one has sunk around a half meter already thanks to the rains washing down loads of nitrogen and minerals in the clay, manure and coffee grounds.

Duncan won’t be too pleased as the fox ate the tube from the solar fountain, again… We will need to upgrade to kevlar tubing:)

There was time for a coffee and pancakes break, hot water bottles placed strategically kepy us comfy.

Then we planted some rhubarb in containers to share with the community. We planted our rhubarb crowns in the new compost in the bed. Steve took some crowns for his gardening project.

Before we went we had a moment to admire the bed finished last week by Charlie with the horseradish leaves sticking out waiting for summer.

Thanks for all the help and have a great New Year.

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Saying goodbye to 2018

You could say it was all about the horseradish today.

We had some great sunshine accompanying us while we were clearing the corner bed to fill it with our compost.

Charlie joined us before he takes up a position at an independent school and got to dig up the horseradish. He likes it grated in vinegar, I will make a sauce and add some to cooked and grated beetroots. Delicious. The roots take care of themselves so it is one of my favourite plants.

I covered our new bay of compost in the making with some coffee grounds and animal bedding. The heap was mostly carbon so far. The addition of nitrogen will help start the decompositiom process but we nees plenty more of the greens and other sources of N.

The vine looks very modest after Duncan’s prunning and will be ready to explode with leaves and fruit next year.

We had a hearty lunch and chatted about different psychological and community processes we are interested in.

Charlie stayed on to finish with the bed.

Thanks for the help in 2018, I hope you enjoyed our adventurea and see you next year peeps.

Last days of 2018

We braved it and there we were ready to tackle the sprawling grapevine which blessed us with kilograms of sweets fruit and the triangle bed which was home to the broad beans and some strawberries which sneaked their way in.

Duncan did a quick online course on pruning and there he was bringing order. I used our homemade compost to enrich the bed and planted Just add Cream strawberry saplings. Oh what a feast this will be.

Join us in 2019.