It’s been a long, long time since I’ve last blogged about the garden. But I suppose in a space that is as teeny tiny as ours, there’s not a lot you can do once winter appears. Well, there’s not a huge amount to do here. We have been pottering and hopefully we’ll see the spoils of that in the next few months. There’s still a bot of veggies growing around the place such as the broad beans and cabbage (although it looks like it’s too late for a head to form on the cabbage by spring? I’ve never grown them before so I’m not sure how they should be at this time of year). The rainbow chard has been a brilliant success this season and is not only providing us with quite a bit of produce but is probably the brightest and cheeriest thing to see in the garden. I will definitely be growing this again this spring time.
The rhubarb seems to have lost it’s leaves. There does seem to be a head. Will it be ok? I have NO idea. I think I should research the plants I grow rather than sticking them in the ground and hoping for the best.
I also planted some bulbs last autumn. In the ground there should hopefully be narcissi, iris, tulips, allium (I’ve always wanted these in my garden, so I’m so excited about these!), crocus and Dave’s favourite flower, snowdrops. I say hopefully because those damn squirrels keep digging away in my beds so who knows if there are any bulbs there? I think I am most looking forward to seeing the crocus emerge as I’ve planted them into our patch of grass.
There was one other job we did over the winter. It was quite a big job, and it’s possibly one that could be quite controversial. We did something quite dramatic, quite destructive. DON’T JUDGE ME!
Do you remember the ornamental cherry tree in the corner of the garden that gave us beautiful blossom in the spring like this?
We cut it down.
I STILL feel guilty about it. It took a lot of thinking and umm-ing and ah-ing about doing it, but in the end, I want this garden to be as productive as possible. With the exception of some really gorgeous flowers for a couple of weeks, it didn’t do an awful lot. I was worried about the birds and insects who use the tree, but I luckily have a sister who is an ecologist and she reassured me that they would be ok. After all, we are in the ‘burbs and surrounded by lots of other trees and plants, so nothing gets too displaced. Thank you SO much for that talk Julia, because I’d still have the cherry tree growing now, waiting for next winter, STILL wondering if I should cut it down or not. I over-think things.
And what have we done to the space where the cherry was? We’ve concreted it over.
We have a new tree! An apple tree! I’ve already forgotten the variety! I don’t know what the rootstock is! But I don’t care, because we have an apple tree! It only cost us a tenner from the garden centre (this was just before Christmas so they were making way for New Shiny Things)! Yeah, I’m quite excited about the new tree. And now I have this song on the brain.
Actually not remembering what tree it was is a bit annoying. But what I can recall from the tag before I lost it, the tree doesn’t need pollinating from me as we’re in an urban area and the rootstock size is just fine for us, so it should work out ok. Actually, when we bought it, there was already a small apple on a branch, so I know it can produce fruit. Lets hope it’ll be productive and the blossom pretty. The new season’s buds are already growing.
Because chopping down a perfectly healthy tree still seems quite senseless to me (I’m a tree-hugging hippy, ok?), we’ve put what we can of the old tree to use. The cherry didn’t have one big trunk, but lots of little ones, more like lots of long thin branches that started from the ground. We have saved quite a few of these to use as garden stakes and a thick chunk of wood has been saved for my brother in law to make a rattle for Arthur with it. All the leaves and twigs and small branches got put in our green wheelie bin, which Enfield council then compost and use in their parks. So nothing has gone to waste, which is nice. Continuing with trying to make the garden as productive as possible, we have also created a log pile with the remainder of the trunk, so hopefully we’ll have a good amount of insects and creepy crawlies making a new home there soon.