Yep, I am on a roll. Spring has sprung and I have been bitten by the gardening bug! I have Spring fever. It’s wonderful.
We made the drive back to Diggers today to grab more strawberries and 2 Diggers Gold raspberry canes. Arriving home with 2 out of 3 kids asleep in the car and Orik content to watch out the window (you didn’t expect him to be the awake one did you ) I grabbed one of the kids trowels and in the light drizzle we’ve had much of the day I got our purchases planted. I also grabbed a packet of Tansy and carpet Thyme, the seeds of which I scattered over various garden beds. Then we went in for lunch.
The thing about the gardening bug is that it cares not whether the weather is raining, hailing or even snowing. If it bites it will insist that you get your hands dirty. No. Matter. What! Fortunately for us the weather improved somewhat (it stopped drizzling) so the boys and I headed outside. Allegra played inside. In the garden I finished wiring up the 2 remaining kiwis and the Cara Cara orange tree too which sadly has broken off the top few inches so I am hoping with the extra “watering” it receives from Jasper it will survive and thrive. We shall see. I then pulled a few weeds out and wandered around playing with the boys and just generally enjoying being outside. The greenhouse needed a good watering and whilst I was in there watering both garden and Orik with the hose I decided to transfer the cuttings I had put in the garden of sage into the front hugelkultur gardens. Imagine my surprise when I realised I also had lemon balm growing there. I had tried to grow cuttings with no success but clearly when I had pulled out the dead twigs I had left behind live root or something which has since, with fertilising (fish emulsion) and watering, sprouted. Happy! I have been looking for seeds each time I had visited Diggers but sadly the Garden of St Erth store is out of stock at the moment. Looks like I don’t need them after all. I also pulled a few mint up which, given the divine smell seems to be a combination of mint and spearmint, to plant out there too. I know well that it grows like topsy but I’ve planted it at the very base of the beds, poking under the actual logs so if it runs too far it will be trodden on. And we can easily pull it out (not all I know) to keep it manageable. I very much look forward to seeing how the gardens look over the summer and indeed, next spring.
I am hoping too that I have not managed to kill my 3rd comfrey plant. Comfrey, like mint, is pretty much impossible to kill so please allow me to take a bow as I have managed several times to shock various people with my admission of committing comfrey plant murder not once, but twice! I only hope it’s not thrice as I plan to grow as much comfrey as possible along the edges of all my hugelkultur beds. David Holmgren has, at his property Melliodora in Hepburn Springs (you can read here about the day Lynda and I went on a Melliodora tour), hundreds, if not thousands of comfrey, all lining the paths and garden edges at the base of his raised beds. They are nutrient mining plants and will send down wonderfully deep roots to mine for and bring to the surface and make available the nutrients otherwise unavailable to shallower rooted plants They’re no good under citrus or other trees with sensitive and shallow roots but around the edges of the garden beds they should help boost soil fertility. Anyway, I gave the area in which my comfrey plant was last seen (they are dormant in the winter) a thorough soaking with the hose and here’s hoping.
Anyway, by this time my socks were sodden and Orik pretty much soggy from head to toe with Jasper pretty damp too so we headed inside to dry off and warm up.
I feel like my addiction has been sated for today and hopefully the feeling will get us through until Saturday as tomorrow we are off to the Ballan Literacy Trail which should be great. Saturday and Sunday will hopefully be a big weekend in the garden for us though. Moving a woodpile and planting trees and maybe even plating out some of the pond if I can get the rocks collected. Lots of fun for everyone!
Has anyone else been bitten by Spring Fever?