|prunus spinosa - blackthorn - an draighean|
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The native soil in the garden is a heavy clay soil which is not free draining. I want to add this organic matter to try to improve the structure of the soil. It is composed mainly of straw, poultry manure, peat and lime. It has been delivered as 'spent' compost and will need to decompose for around a year. I'll spread it in wheelbarrow loads and leave it to sit on the surface. So, a lot of wheelbarrowing...
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Most of my previous gardens have been small urban gardens, often formal, trying to maximise usable space. With more space and a rural setting I expect a much more naturalistic garden. Below are some of the elements I would like to incorporate in the new garden.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
This new garden has been an empty field for several years. Neglected, it has filled with Rushes, Briars and Furze bushes. I won't clear them all, but I will find space for Acers, Pines, Birches and so many more along side the Ash, Whitethorn, Holly, Beech, Willow and Blackthorn.
And I want an Orchard, a Vegetable garden, a Coppice of Willow, Hazel, Sweet Chestnut..
And water everywhere. Very wet heavy soil and a high water table. But a fast stream with a gravelly stoney bed on two sides. An old stone bridge at the road. Big changes in levels. Lots of potential, lots of work...