What a month it’s been! What February lacked in days, it certainly made up for in weather. We went from rain to snow, back to rain again, severe frosts, gales, more snow and now double digit temperatures and enough sunshine to make us all start to unfurl. A big fall of powder snow transformed the … Continue reading February round up
September round up
Yet again, I haven't written much over the summer - there is just too much temptation to be outside gardening, not indoors blogging. Despite 2020 being a bid of a mad year for the world, I got my greenhouse installed and my mosaic built so it feels like I have a couple of hefty projects … Continue reading September round up
Signs of spring
What a treat to have this taste of spring right in the middle of February. My bank of crocuses have opened their faces to the sun every day this week; hellebore, snowdrops, and catkins have all been shining out; and bulbs are peeping through. I’ve even been happy to see the weed seedlings emerge as … Continue reading Signs of spring
For some time now I have had a rat in the compost heap. The heap is one of those black ‘Dalek’ ones and the rat burrows its way up from the bottom to reach the fruit and veggie peels we put in the top. For a while I tried to get rid of it - … Continue reading Rat trouble!
Investing in the soil
Like a lot of Sheffield, this garden is both blessed and cursed with a heavy clay soil. Its been improved in parts but last year’s heatwave baked the ground brick hard and brought out huge cracks which took months to close. Digging the pond last year I hit thick bands of yellow grey clay a … Continue reading Investing in the soil