One of the interesting aspects of growing food is the continual study of plants and what grows where, how and why.
I keep records of all I grow as the seasons progress and notice how the environment changes as trees and shrubs grow taller and more dense each year, creating micro-climates, where it is possible to grow all manner of fruit and vegetables that before seemed almost impossible!
I made a short video today on Purple Sprouting Broccoli, originally planted as an annual vegetable but since has developed into a perennial vegetable…fascinating to record!
Over recent days I have been cutting back and shredding, spreading the chips on the soil around trees, fruit and vegetables.
I noticed how warm the soil was in certain areas of the garden compared to others.
I then looked at what was growing, as well as other factors affecting the conditions, including aspect.
Some of the conclusions I reached include facts like, stones create heat.
Dry soil heats faster than wet soil.
Hedgerows are such efficient windbreaks that the air on the shelter side is always a few degrees higher than on the wind side.
The area around a wood pile is always warmer and more fertile.
The list goes on…
And as for the perennial vegetables, most have the ability to become perennial, if given the right growing conditions.
I scattered the seed of Aquilegia once only, some nine years ago, and now have Aquilegia all over the upper gardens.
The same goes for Lunaria, Feverfew and Nasturtium.
If you want a garden of abundance and perennial growth, lay off the Roundup and watch how Nature does it!
Mother always knows best!
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