Monday, 1 July 2013

Busy, Busy, Busy

Well at last we seem set for some warmer weather, It has been a long time coming this year so not before time. I'm taking advantage of it and spending most days in the garden either on the vegetable plot or cutting down and logging up more trees.


As you can see from the photo, the potatoes are looking good this year but the broad beans are stunted, at least I seem to have the weeds under control this year.

We have been more than a little disappointed in our vegetable plots as a lot of things we put in don't do well at all. We have put this down to the soil and after a stilted French chat with a neighbough at the rear of us she confirmed what we thought. The main problem is that the soil is too acidic so that although some things seem to do OK such as potatoes, courgettes and most of the fruit such as raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants etc.
The answer seems to be to apply lime to the ground to raise the PH levels and also to get some more compost into the ground. I shall be making sure that I use as much of the huge amount of autumn leaves as I can this year.

Our fir trees at the back of the house are gradually coming down, It is making a big difference, not only to the amount of extra sunlight that we get to our decking area but also gives us a lovely view over the garden which we never had before.