How’s the Winter Garden Growing?

First episode of the year… it’s now a winter garden, quite tired looking, bedraggled with the wind and the rains and not being specifically maintained for a couple of months now … but it’s still good and green. There are still a couple of months to go before any seeds/seedlings are to be planted, but l am now approaching the right time to start looking at the garden itself with a view to planning the new vegetable growing season for 2021.

I managed to get out and weed the gravel path today which was the first time since the end of November – the birds feeding on the seeds can make a significant amount of mess with dropped seeds and husks which sprout and grow and whilst not directly weeds as such, the garden doesn’t really need them.

The last ‘gardening episode of sorts l posted was the first episode of The Compost Bin on January 02nd where l displayed the progress of both the worm bin and the mulch bin. I turn both bins over a couple of times a month, however today was the turn of the mulch bin, whilst the worm bin is next week sometime.

The worm culture in this bin is larger than the breeding bin, as in ‘worm size’ there are some absolute monsters in here … and l don’t think ‘we ‘don’t’ have them in the other bin, l just tend to think that the breeding bin has the smaller worms at the top of the soil and the much larger worms at the bottom of the actual bin itself. But considering the mulch bin doesn’t get fed any kitchen scraps and just receives garden waste – it is intriguing to see the differences between the residents themselves.

Also the mulch bin is a much wetter bin whereas the breeding bin is moist but not wet and yet the decomposition of the cold mulch bin is quite impressive given that it is only turned twice a month, has no generated heat and is quite a small heap with very little green matter being fed in. Regulars to the series will know that l started working with ‘no rules composting’ methods back in August of 2019 and so l am no longer bothered by the likes of layers and ‘this must be composted and this must not be’ attitudes.

The Agapanthus is loving its new location.

Garden waste will decompose turned or not, cold or hot, it will break down eventually – anything you can do to assist it … will just speed it up. Now of course whether it is good or bad compost really comes down to the balance of your heap, and whether it is too aerobic or anaerobic and l will discuss composting again in time, not today and not in this series.

Today really was about getting out into the garden for a few reasons, 1] to weed the gravel path and top up all the feeders, 2] to turn the mulch, 3] to make a count of my growing containers and pots for this season and 4] to help with my mental health which l’ll not lie has been quite poor for the last week or so and l have more mood swinging in me than a yo-yo’s ups and downs! I also needed to get out before the next rainfalls began, which as l type this post has just started to fall with a major enthusiasm!!

The potted parsley’s have done really well over the winter and are now well over a year old, you may remember when they were first planted in January 2020. The horseradish is just starting to produce shoots which l found interesting, the hanging baskets of geraniums have wintered well … and this tired bench is going to be a special project Suze and l tackle this spring/summer time next to the hanging chairs.

So it was good to get out … the weather for the last couple of weeks especially has been a little iffy and unreliable and most assuredly very, very and have l said very wet yet? So, gardening wise the paths of availability weren’t open. The birds have their feeders filled up once every two days anyway, and according to Edward next door who watches them feeding from his second floor in fascination – my birds here are like mini-winged feeding hoglets – it’s just a scramble. You may remember last October l put cameras out there with a view to capturing their antics and this spring l shall be setting them up, now that the birds are used to them — to the point they use them as perches to chat with other birds, so they are now seen as permanent fixtures and no longer funny looking green aliens!

Overall the garden is looking good considering the lack of a gardener’s attention .. but then, am l to really expect anything different? It’s a much smaller garden than the Hillyfield’s garden – there’s way less of everything from space to actual green ground. I had a brief conversation with Suze this afternoon. She has started going to her house once or twice a week in preparations to returning hopefully in the next few weeks and her garden according to her is a mess. So, come February l hope to be able to get over to hers and sort it out and bring much needed green wastes back here to utilise in the compost bins.

I will be discussing in the next episode my plans for the growing schedule for this year, which has changed considerably since my thoughts of last year when l first got here … but so too has my diet. I will only be growing things l actually eat meaning there will be very little exotic experimentation this year, although l do hope to be growing more herbs.

Basically 18-20 containers of various sizes and types will be my main growing garden this year. Sometime in the next week, l will dig over the contents of all the containers and feed and weed as required and then l can start to get an idea of what is to be required of them. I have a spring mulch to feed the ornamental beds in the garden and l need to order perhaps a dozen bags of fine compost to add much needed soils to the garden here due to extensive rains stripping the value out as well as the previolus tenants not bothering with any gardening.

It’s all good, something to look forward to!

Anyway thanks for reading. Catch you next time!

4 thoughts on “How’s the Winter Garden Growing?

  1. It looks pretty good for not having much attention paid to it.
    I cant wait to see what you and Suze do with the bench and chairs. I’m imagining lots of color.
    My best to her, as always.


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