I am working on a new book and hence all my writing effort has gone into that and there just hasn’t been sufficient spare time to keep this blog up to date. Nor has there been much time to spend in the garden, but as my main maxim for interacting with the garden is (as above) ‘don’t do anything until you have to and then only do the minumum’ it has not mattered! In fact it is an good demonstration of the ability of a forest garden to just get on with being what it is and I dip in and out as I am able or as there is need.
However one thing I did before it was too late was to plant more fruit trees at the end of the winter. It was a cold and frosty cum snowy day when Pat and I planted a medlar, two apples (Newton’s Wonder and Cox), two gages (Cambridge and Dennistons), two plums (Marjorie’s seedling and here in the picture the veritable Victoria plum). I cut them back hard to keep them tiny.
Since that wintry day we have had lots of super hot weather – much more than usual for Wales and also a notable lack of rain. Nevertheless the garden has grown wonderfully well with plenty of flowers and fruits. On the downside there have been fewer flowers than in previous years and some aphid infestations that I have never had before, both of which I am putting down the the drought.
This ‘triangle bed’ near the entrance to the house is intended to be flowery and colourful and it has been lovely all year.
One of my original hopes for growing a forest garden was that there would be more harvesting than working and this summer that has proved to be the case. I think the warm weather definitely helped the garlic do well and it was all ready by July this year. And this was the year when the fruit bushes and trees that have been here for some years began to get into production. Accordingly there has been a good harvest of soft fruit, tree fruit and also the ever reliable greens.