We are now half way through December and have yet to write our post about the garden in November.
Looking back, it was a rather unglamorous month with many grey days and a few heavy duty tasks to be performed. We did a lot of clearing up in different areas where certain plants were expressing a wish for world domination.
We also needed to dig a drainage ditch next to the shed and thankfully finished that task in a couple of days. It left us with a great space for our old cast iron bathtub that we now have transformed into a worm-bin. Back in spring we completed a master composting class where we learnt everything about setting up a compost system with worms. You can read about how it is done in this previous post. We are very excited to finally be able to do it ourselves.
Our Medlar tree had a huge crop this year and we made some delicious sticky toffee-medlars. This was once a common fruit in Britain and Europe and is now making something of a comeback. We think it is an exceptional tree with lovely flowers, fruit and leaves.
We planted our Lingon berries and can’t wait to make some Scandinavian inspired dishes in the years to come.
We harvested some of our Brussel sprouts and even though you can buy them cheaply enough in the shop, they taste so good fresh from the garden, there really is no comparison. We are happy to still have enough left for winter celebratory dinners.
Growing has slowed down around our main circle and it is a pleasure to see more of the garden structure laid bare.
It is six years since we started planting the garden and it has changed from being a bare field full of creeping buttercups into a haven for wildlife and people alike. This time of year we can still work in the garden, but it is also a time of reflection and planning what we can do for next year.
A garden is never finished; it is an evolving, beautiful conglomeration of nature. We intervene as little as possible, and only in ways that will enhance the quality for wildlife, plants and ourselves. By keeping the land as natural and wild as possible, using no chemicals or unnatural fertilizers and by applying simple and natural design ideas and materials, we co-create a place of utility and beauty. The real creator is always Mother Nature.