Give her a load of old s*** !!!
Just before Christmas we headed over to a lady in Swiss Normandy who had a large amount of horse manure she had no use for. Manure is such a valuable resource for gardeners adding nutrients into the soil and improving it's structure. It's no wonder some gardeners refer to manure as "Black Gold".
|Half a ton of horse do do|
|Black Gold - manure for the garden|
The only problem for me now, is that since Simon fenced the front area for the pigs we can no longer get the trailer close to the veg garden. For that reason I had the delightful job of wheel barrowing the best part of half a tonne of manure from the front of the house to the garden .. which is, in part, UPHILL. It took me a while as I was also spreading it over the bare soil but I got all but 8 sacks moved before rain stopped play.
It has covered a good chunk of the veg patch including the bed in front of the polytunnel which is rather stony and not overly productive. It is slowly getting better as I add more manure and stone-pick each year. Hopefully it will mean should I plant potatoes here again I won't get such a bad crop as last year. The local farmer who I bought sugar beet off recently (the same sugar beet the escapee piglets stole!) has said he has some well rotted cow manure we can have. This will be ideal for manuring/mulching the rhubarb and fruit trees and spreading over the remaining veg areas. Ho hum - that will be MORE uphill wheel barrowing.
I also got a very pleasant surprise when I folded back some of the weed suppressing fabric to add horse manure. A potato plant from a potato left in the ground over last winter must have grown through a hole in the fabric and there were these spuds just sitting on the surface of the soil, simply waiting for me to harvest. I have never harvested spuds in January before!!
How are things going in your January garden. I have seen lots of pictures of daffodils in bloom or is your patch too wet to get out out to?