I find it helpful to look back and think over the past season – it cements positive lessons in the mind and helps us to learn from our mistakes. With that in mind, here’s how the season turned out in the garden:
As we’re approaching the end of the year, I thought it would be a good time to reflect and share the successes, failures and lessons learned. There was so much that I’ve broken the post into two parts, so expect a second on the crops and harvest soon.
I wanted to increase the habitat in the garden this year – the obvious way to bring in more diversity was to add a pond attracting a huge wealth of species from frogs, newts, insects, birds, and other garden wildlife.
So what’s this thermal mass thing? Thermal mass is the ability of a material to absorb and store energy in the form of heat. Materials with a high thermal mass can store a lot of energy. They take a long time to heat up, and a long time to cool down, during which they radiate heat to the surrounding air and soil, making them really good at evening out temperature changes. Water has the highest thermal mass of commonly available materials, more so than granite or heavy rock, so a pond is perfect for balancing the temperature.
Sometimes you don’t have an envelope to hand when you need to save seeds. You could use a jar, but they can take up a lot of space if you just have a small amount of seed.
It’s time to break out those origami skills and fold your own. If you’ve not tried anything like this before, don’t worry, it’s super easy – here’s how:
Back in spring I tried my hand weaving willow plant supports for the beans and squash in the garden. They turned out OK, functional at least, but to honest you’d have to call them ‘rustic’. So this weekend I went on willow weaving workshop with Jay Davey of Musgrove Willows.
It was a great day all round, Jay was a brilliant teacher and the staff were really helpful and friendly. Jay’s been working with willow for 20 years having created projects for RHS Chelsea show gardens among other high profile pieces.
We started the day running over the basic techniques for weaving obelisks. The mistakes I’d made on my own were quickly apparent. You can learn so much from Youtube these days, giving us the ability to learn almost anything we want, but I’m a big advocate of learning skills first-hand from an experienced teacher. Having someone show you in person, and help you in the areas you struggle just can’t be matched.
April 20, 2018
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