An afternoon in the garden

Today, that was the first meeting of the year in the garden. We had several people from the group and several visitors. A lot of plants are bursting from the soil from everywhere in the garden, so be very careful when you go around the garden. Some spaces were defined and cleaned.

On the edge of the larger terrace, the space where the asparagus are was cleaned, as well as the line along of it where the tulips are. On the terrace, below, by the tool shed, there are flowers, parsley and rhubarb growing. On the same level across the main path, there are colombines (ancolie) and hollyhocks (rose trémière).

The strawberries need to be replanted. Currently they are everywhere but they are giving a lot of fruits to make wonderful jam. The replacement could be done by steps, plus the new plants won’t give any fruit until next year, because it should be done in August. The rose trees need to be trimmed, Kyria told us her mother could come and do it properly (we could learn from her in the same time). To clean the top terrace on the right when you are going up (dead tree, black berry branches and over growing laurel.

Some visitors came with Kyria, one of them was very knowledgeable in permaculture and explained us how to implement a raised bed (hugelbeete). He explained that would be a good think to do because it allows the culture to have more light, stops and keeps the water running down from the top of the garden, does not require a lot of maintenance once it is implemented and bring a lot of nutrients to the ground. Plus for us, it will create paths between the crops.

How to do a raised bed (hugelbeete): with two gardener lines or cords, delimit a row of 1 meter wide, with 40 cm of path on each side,  in the direction South to North, take off the soil on the surface of the row on a depth of 8-10 cm and pile up on the cleared surface any organic stuffs (branches, leaves, compost and any organic waste or remnant in a (butte) or little hill. Then top the hill with the soil set aside to which we can add compost and BRF (Bois rameal fragmenté).

We do not use boards. One thing has to be kept in mind, the process of the organic degradation inside of the row requires a lot of nitrogen. Plants fixing the nitrogen have to be planted on the rows.

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