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 ….
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….
cardoon, chokeberry, fennel, poppy 4 July 2016
cardoon, Jerusalem artichokes
and this one at my head height, plenty of biomass here!
About Anni Kelsey
I love forest gardens and forest gardening, nature, reading and everything good about being alive.
I have written two books - the garden of equal delights (2020) - about the principles and practice of forest gardening; and Edible Perennial Gardening (2014) - about growing perennial vegetables in polycultures, which is basically forest gardening concentrating on the lower layers.
Regards humus, I read an interesting blog post a while back http://www.gardenmyths.com/humus-does-not-exist-says-new-study/ 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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