I wanted a lot of growth this year, mostly for biomass to eventually decompose into humus to enrich the very stony and clay soil in my long bed.  On 6th June the cardoon which is at the centre of the bed was about knee high ….

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cardoon 6 June 2016

By 4th July it was well above my head and many of the surrounding plants – Jerusalem artichoke, fennel, poppy, chokeberry and more had also grown a great deal. This is taken looking downhill….

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cardoon, chokeberry, fennel, poppy 4 July 2016


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cardoon, Jerusalem artichokes

and this one at my head height, plenty of biomass here!


About Anni Kelsey

Author of Edible Perennial Gardening and avid researcher into edible perennials and associated useful plants.
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2 Responses to Biomass

  1. Andy says:

    Regards humus, I read an interesting blog post a while back which suggests that there is no such thing as humus, just organic material broken down to it’s smallest particles. I think it was suggesting that the humic and fulvic acid, which are the tell tale signs that you have humus, are only there because of the scientific method used to analyse the soil. There is a link on that page detailing what humus is.

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