Mulch

The soft fruit that I have pruned now has a layer of mulch around the bases of the plants, this will help keep the weeds down around them, add some goodness to the soil and maybe if it is a dry summer help keep them from drying out too much. We will add blood, fish and bone in the early spring as the leaves start to show.

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Dogs

It is interesting when your dogs moves from mans best friend to a garden pest. Miscanthus did just that today when she found a reason to dig in the middle of the chard. I did not mind too much, it was great to see her having such fun. As I write this she is fast asleep, maybe dreaming about digging more tomorrow, but will I let her, I am sure I will.

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Pruned

We have pruned some of the soft fruit. The blackcurrants, redcurrants and gooseberries are now ready for the spring, all they need is some compost around their base. I think we over weeded the area in the autumn so will need to move some forget-me-nots in after the compost is down. They work as such good ground cover in the spring that it would be silly not to have them.

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Fruit cage

We have had some great frosts which I have wanted for a long time, we only had two or so last winter, we have had a week of them so far this winter. It does not matter too much for me that the ground is hard because I am working in the fruit cage pruning the soft fruit, perfect weather for the job. A photo of before the pruning.

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New Year

It feels great to have the shortest day behind us and we now have the  New Year behind us so we can start to think about Spring/ Summer 2017, it is not just the fashion world that needs to think ahead. What I am looking  forward to most is starting to go through the seed catalogues and to see what I need this year, seeds that I really have to try. I was very happy to have the first of the narcissus out for the New Year, and maybe one of the best ‘Cedric Morris’. I had to bring him inside to enjoy him more.

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