So far, the January weather has been fairly kind to us. Just a couple of frosts, and the ground cleared during the day.
it’s meant that we have carried on with both bed preparation and planting. Including making lots of wood chip paths that will reduce the weeding later on in the year considerably.
As the ground hasn’t been frozen, it’s been fine for us to continue planting. Autumn sown Larkspur, Daucus (Dara and Carota) Ammi Visnaga and Orlaya have all been planted outside, and covered with Environmesh to prevent anything eating them.
The bulbs are starting to emerge. The Narcissus and Alliums are some of the few crops that our wildlife doesn’t go for. But the tulips will be covered very soon to stop nibbled tops. We’ve also had a big team effort this week to cut back, weed and net all the herb beds. Fresh Mint, Tarragon and Oregano shoots are deer and rabbit idea of bliss, so we hide them under netting until they’ve grown strong and tough.
January is also for planning. The previous year’s Diaries and Notebooks have been perused and many scribbles made for this spring period. Now we’re going into our 7th Season, there are plenty of guidelines for times when we got it both right and wrong. Hopefully this year, we’ll be able to stick to the stated aims, although the weather will have some say in that. Obviously January is also Tax return season, so there’s been finishing off figures for that.
During the rest of the month we’re going to be weeding and cutting back the perennial beds, and uncovering the shrub beds from some of their weeds, and then quickly covering them up again with netting, as it’s the weeds that are currently holding the deer at bay. I may have mentioned them a few times, but a neighbour over the hill has seen 5 of them in her garden recently, so I don’t want anything available to tempt them. I read on a flower farmers group last week that Deer don’t like Eucalyptus, but mine must be extra tasty, as i’ve spotted nibbled shoots already. (Although this new row is doing fine so far)
These Hellebores are safe in the garden at home, where I can enjoy them!