So moving up here is a lifestyle choice – which means that instead of going away for the bank holiday weekend we were desperately finishing the new pig pen and doing lots of gardening. But it was all great fun!
Our 3 new Berkshire Weaners are happily installed in their huge pen. They are so tiny it is really easy to lose them in the pen/pig hutch, so I keep thinking they have escaped… only they haven’t, they are just tiny.
After that it was back to more vegetable gardening.
I have planted out all the squashes now (6 butternut and 1 blue banana), a couple of cabbages (Duncan) and the only 3 sweetcorn that made it. I think sweetcorn in the North will be a bit of a pipe dream from now on but we will see. The rest of the cabbage and about 5-6 cavelo nero need hardening off over the next week before they go in.
I also caught a couple of beans which had germinated which I missed the first time and chucked them in where I could.
The other big job was banking up the potatoes. Since we have clay soil here I’m trying a new technique of using grass clipping, they rot down over time so you have to bank them up more regularly but it is a million times easier than trying to hill up our soil. Josh worked hard on mowing the lawn so I’d have enough grass clippings for the job. So far so good.
The win/lose tally is dipping into nature’s favour though:
Lost 1/2 the last salad planting, 1/2 the purslane and the best looking courgette plant to the slugs. Pass the beer traps please.
I’ve also had cat trouble – my lovely permaculture circle beds are purrfect litter trays. I’ll be bringing out the rubber snakes soon! In the meantime I lost a good chuck of carrot seedling. Maybe I’ll replace with a couple of radishes?
We did get our first tiny pea pod of the year – very exciting!