We have been very busy with the DIY, putting in new posts and finishing the first three of the new raised beds. The old potato tub was emptied, the hazel and willow were pruned and the prunings will be used as windbreaks. The old blackcurrant bush which had big bud removed and we dug out and transplanted one of the reducurrants. That was a long job since it was a mature bush but, with some very careful digging and careful use of the pick axe. we did save a lot of the root so it should survive. And a couple of welcome bonfires to burn up the waste and keep us warm.
Last autumn we filled some black plastic bags with leaves as well as a green tub to see what, if any difference, there was. We also had the communal heap to compare the results to. The bags and tub have both produced a splendid result giving a friable mould ready to be to be spread on the beds as a soil conditioner. The mould from the tub was more friable so we have filled the spare tubs again with this year’s leaves.
We ended with a good picking of vegetables for the Christmas table: leek; swede; red cabbage; Jerusalem artichokes; Brussel sprouts; kale; chard and the last of the apples.
We shall have a gentle start in the middle of January with a meet-up for tea and buns somewhere warm and dry. How about Thursday 12 January at 10.30 in the Mortonhall Garden Centre?
February Pruning Workshop
The date for the fruit pruning workshop by George Anderson is Sunday 5 February at 14:00-15:30.
Merry Christmas and very happy growing New Year to all