With kinder weather this week I have been able to get on nicely in the garden with my main focus of attention being the herb bed.
In previous years our herb bed has suffered badly due to it's rather inappropriate position in a wind tunnel, and northerly winds at that. Herbs that might have survived somewhere a bit more sheltered have been beated to death by the biting winds we invariably experience at some point through the Winter. To try and combat this, last spring Simon cut some hazel and made a low woven fence on the 2 most exposed sides, hoping it would act as a wind break. So what happens this Winter? Whilst we have had copious amounts of wind it has all been from the south or west with none from the north! A quick look round the bed revealed minimal losses but we still don't know if the woven fence helped or it was simply the fact we didn't get the northerly winds! The sage was a bit battered on one side and it looks like this is not the place to grow lavender. The white one has copped it and the blue one is looking far from happy. We may have to think about relocating these as we have already done with the rosemary that hated this exposed position. Everything else looked in good fettle but for a desperatley needed haircut.
|Before weeding and pruning|
|After weeding and pruning|
|Herb garden early summer 2013|
Elsewhere, ie the polytunnel, some of the seeds I sowed (rocket and mizuna) have germinated and more and more flowers are out on my peas and broad beans. However in the veg garden, I STILL haven't tidied up the cuttings from the fruit bushes I pruned. Told you I hated doing that!
|Broad bean flowers, March 2014|
Oh and I planted up my little piggy hanging pot:
So what have you been up to in your garden this week? Is Spring in the air or is Winter still holding on where you garden? Drop us a comment and we'll come and have a nosy round your garden!