Happy new year to all, somewhat belatedly!
As the gods have smiled on me, this year I will be moving to share a home with my wonderful new partner. He has a good chunk of land so we have been gardening our veg for over a year. As a result, this year I gave up my allotment. We painstakingly moved my rhubarb, artichokes (what a job!), grapevine, small fruit, flowers and herbs, then he kindly rotovated the whole plot. A trip to the dump to clear out all the junk accumulated! and a sweep of the shed. And that was the end of a 10 year adventure for me.
Now starts a new one! We have about 200m2 devoted to our fruit and veg (plus fruit trees elsewhere) and this year I want to start doing a complete No Dig garden, as I have been so inspired by Charles Dowding! We have chooks and access to horse and cow manure so we have already started composting for the beds. I also want to build a hotbed, or coldframe where I can start the seedlings off to get a head start. Our ducks have been weeding and delousing the garden for us for a week now, they love the slugs and snails and really don't seem to eat the crops! I have been overwintering garlic and broad beans and have nursed along salad crops (including the best Mizuna I have ever grown), kale, celeriac and black radish.
I am so excited about our shared love of nature and growing things. We are able to eat our own eggs, our own poultry hand raised, and we are still eating our summer veg, in jars or from the freezer. I am truly blessed to have found this wonderful man and the beautiful garden we are able to share. I wish all of you the same blessings for 2018 and a delicious and bountiful harvest!