The majority of the soil at Rudha Mor is peaty and highly acidic which means that finding a variety of plants that thrive is here is a challenge. We also have come to the realisation that in order to grow vegetables here that we will need to create raised beds with better soil. There are also issues with drainage in many areas which means that we have areas of soggy paths and plants that are struggling. Sometime the list seems endless but now that I have got the digger fixed it means I can start addressing these issues.
One of my first goals is to find 20 tones of manure to mix with some good soil I have found in an area that the owner says was a vegetable patch some 30 years ago which has become grown over. We will use this soil for the raised beds and add other good stuff to it like seaweed and leaf mulch as the year goes on. We will also be able to use this soil for planting out new plants in other areas where the soil is not as good.
Here are a coulpe of new plants we are trying at Jimi’s walk.
Lovely clear day in this immensely beautiful land! Got lots of jobs done, chopped wood, pruned trees around the back of the house and cleared the house lawns and drive of leaves. As the leaf blower had turned up today this meant that a job that took 8 hours last Sunday only took 3 and half today. The smell of autumn is in the air and we are having some of the best weather of the year. The pile of leaves for our leaf mulch is now enormous and should cover several of the beds we are currently turing our focus on.
Working on moving soil from the end of the garage to the vegetable patch which means we can make raised beds and then a shelter can be built for the digger in the space created. We filled the bed which we grew potatoes in earlier this year with some of the soil and planted out some red cabbage and kale. The soil looks pretty good so hopefully the plants will thrive.
Collecting fire wood is a constant job and there are plenty of fallen trees around that need clearing so today started off with that job again. Not all of the work being done now is for winter, we are thinking forward to spring and have begun planting out 3000 bulbs in various areas around Rudha Mor. The plan is to bring more colour to many different spots around the walk to create a fabulous spring show.