13th March

This week we have managed to use up all of the lovely woodchips from New Forest Energy. They are filling wet muddy patches around the garden and a deep path between most of the vegetable beds. These paths will not compact the soil, can be walked on when wet, will retain moisture between veg beds and slowly rot, feeding the soil over time.

The peas sowed in drainpipes a couple of weeks ago are now peeking through, adding a vibrant green to the greenhouse.

In the polytunnel the winter salads are exploding with life. Self seeded claytonia (winter purslane) has been weeded from amongst the salad and used as a mulch, returning all its goodness to the soil whilst reducing evaporation and weed growth.

Kate Chapman