Last week, in the bright sunshine, I did a walk through the garden and took a few pictures. It was the first time all winter I’d gone in with the intention of really looking and not just grabbing veg and hurrying back in the house to escape the wet cold. I never got around to posting those pics so out I went today…it’s helpful to document these things before the growing season begins.
Everything is looking quite bare, especially with the tunnel plastic off for the entire winter, but the earth previously contained for years by the polythene cover is now enjoying breathing the fresh air and drinking rainwater. Next month the new plastic goes back on just in time to start seedlings. We lengthened the tunnel by adding two extra hoops which adds about sixty square feet of additional growing space. There’s plenty of work ahead of us this spring, which in Ireland begins in just a short week and a half from now.
This is a nicely angled shot–the area to the left, just out of the picture are mud pits and the ditches dug to secure the tunnel plastic are still holding water. It’s caused by the overwhelming amount of rain we received this winter and exacerbated by the ducks matting down the soil in the puddles, preventing adequate drainage.
Below are pictures of the same patch of rhubarb; the first was taken last week followed by today’s photo. Rhubarb thrives in cool weather so it’s been ideal growing conditions for it.
New growth gives such hope. Last years planting of perennial primroses full of new buds are pictured below. Where are the leaves on the white one? Putting all it’s energy into buds galore.
Iris, willow, garlic, mint, and buds on the apple trees all growing nicely. Australorp chickens, Pearl-my garden shadow kitty, and our new tree starting its fourth year…someday there’ll be a hammock tied between those trees.
Picking straight from the garden as we use it, a few carrots, celery, and beetroot. They’ll need to be picked and stored soon to prepare the ground for a new planting.
The semi-sundried tomatoes I froze in oil have been a tasty replacement for fresh. It’s so nice to have tomatoes when tomatoes are out of season. We’re still eating stored potatoes and onions, and frozen broccoli, turnips, cabbage, and cauliflower, as well as a variety of fermented veg, all from last season’s harvest. The last of the parsnips are pictured below.
This full basket of veg made it’s way into the house and has been eaten already.
We’ve been talking about our growing plans and made a list of three things to accomplish this year in the garden. That’s an unusually short list for us, well for me, but it just made the most sense. That said, other than order our seeds, we’ve done nothing thus far except to prepare by purchasing ourselves some new gardening gloves–a small but important investment to protect our most valuable tools of all, our hands. 🙂
Have yourself a wonderful day everyone, Melissa Xx