Kitchen Garden Time
31 January 2010 18:44:20
Kitchen Garden 31/01
Fantastic day although it was still very cold there was a skiff of snow this morning around 8 am but this cleared away by mid morning. I decided it was time to spend to do some work in the kitchen garden while lifting some leeks for soup. The soil had a frozen layer in a lot of places and any plants that had suffered in the freeze have now been removed in preparation for this years crop. I'm not sure that the over winter onions I planted in November are going to survive however the garlic planted at the same time looks as though it's okay. I had also planted rhubarb and from one root there is some growth, also had planted gooseberry bushes but I think they may not have survived but I have decided to leave them be at present. Hopefully this digging will allow the thrushes to remove slugs or snails and I had only finished when a robin landed and removed a big juicy worm.
Still a lot of work to do for this season, plans need to be made to weed or spray the paths between the raised beds and the vacant end, the hedge needs to be faced or tied in as it provides a break from the wind so lots of work to be done. Compost bins need to be set up and some kind of a shed for tools etc. and of course that polytunnel if I can swing it. There are also raspberries and gooseberry bushes that need moved from their temporary home there 3 seasons now but I plan to used this area for salads as it's adjacent to the house.
Few more photos up of the swans in our iced up pond and winter scenes of the area.