MARCH IN THE GARDEN

A day that started with bright sunshine, after a frosty night.  Drops hanging from Grape Hyacinth, creating lovely crystal clear little globes, reflecting all around.

A great day to start some work in the garden. Taking out the Ranunculi as they can’t be eaten, and some other small ‘weeds’, making all ready for the plants that are now only little seedlings, but growing rapidly inside the house.  According to the idea of permaculture one has to ‘observe’ the garden, the land, this is of course a delight on a day like today,  I saw that the Tansy plant is coming up nicely, and there are some fresh tender Nettles, and also the Marigolds that I sowed outside last month are sprouting.

The other day we bought some cold frames locally and I figured out how to fit them together, that is the frame so far, fitting the plastic is for tomorrow.  I planted out some Feverfew plants that were looking really great, some of these are for sharing out, some I will keep as this lovely plant blooms, with daisy-like flowers, all summer long.   Two different types of Kale, and Coriander seeds are up, I’m very happy about the Coriander seeds as I use a lot of that in cooking and love the taste, I hope to grow quite a few plants.
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PRACTISING SOME PERMACULTURE IDEAS

Great activity going on in the garden today, perfect for a sunny Sunday, and the first day of spring in Ireland. The temperature was 8 degrees Celsius in the shade and went up to 15 degrees in the sun, lovely and warm. I had a raised bed to prepare, and according to the rules of permaculture that I am learning about, I do not disturb the soil. So I only pulled up some tough grass that came growing there during the winter. Then I distributed some of the seeds I had been saving, Plantain, Evening Primrose, Yarrow and some others. I found young plants growing there such as Tansy, Nettle, Lemon Balm, Goose grass, Dandelion, and some Oregano that I planted last autumn. When I had everything recorded I mulched just a little leaf matter to protect the seeds, and added some Epson salts (I read this is good to help with germination). I am trying to copy what nature does anyway with overwintering seeds of wild plants (and they grow so wonderfully in spring without our help).  This raised bed is my ‘experimenting’ bed and I will keep a close eye on what happens in the next few weeks.
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Experimental bed set with seeds 1/2/15

The raised bed now ready to be left alone for some time, and to be watched to see what happens.

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Young Nettles and Tansy plants that came growing here by themselves.

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Lemon Balm, and two types of Oregano

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Dandelion, Parsley, and either Dill or Fennel, not sure, will find out.  All these overwintered.

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I also re-potted some house plants, I like especially the Peace Lily as it is a plant that is said to purify the inside air from electro magnetic pollution.  The Aloe Vera also got too big for its pot.  And lastly two young Poppy plants that seeded themselves over the winter.  A good start to spring, very appreciative indeed.