My postman, Tom Benson, was clearing out the cowsheds on his farm in Keadue and kindly offered me an absolute mound of well-rotted cow manure, one of the best additions to the permaculture gardens at this time of the year.
It will boost the fertility in all areas of the land, especially the fruit and vegetable gardens.
The harvest next year will be a good one, for sure!
Spreading it on the earth before the soil cools is also a way of letting it get in around roots before the next growing season.
Never mind diamonds…this is a permaculture girl’s best friend!
And on the subject of diamonds…here’s my little Pumpkin Mouser Missy, sitting beside the pumpkins on the veranda.
These will soon be ready to bring into the pantry and store for the winter, ready for pies, soups and curries.
Grown only on home-made compost, these cabbages continue to develop good firm hearts, ideal for saukeraut and freezing.
Time to tidy sheds and treat all outside wood with a preservative.
Tonight promises the same.
Today is the Ides of March. We are halfway through this month of Spring and the Winter now seems far behind us. There is still much to be done in the garden in preparation for the growing season. Seeds to be sown, plants to be divided and trees to be pruned. The list is as long as one wants to make it really!
The Laurel Arch has grown and spread. It could do with a hard pruning, but I may not get the time as other work is more pressing. Whether it is cut or not will really only be noticeable to me!
I have lit the stove in the sitting room this evening and Jack stands in front of the fire, just staring into the flames. I wonder if dogs have thoughts and reminiscences?
There’s a long stretch in the days now, with dawn breaking around 7am and light fading in the evening at 6.30pm or so. I love this time of the year as I am a morning person and have all my best thoughts and energy then.
Spring is one of the four temperate seasons, the transition period between Winter and Summer.
In all that is written about Spring, the same themes are covered of rebirth, renewal and regrowth.
We are coming closer to the Vernal Equinox, which is around the 20th/21st of this month.
With all the talk of war between Iran and the USA, it is good to note that both countries share the same welcoming of Spring on the Vernal Equinox.
The first day of spring (celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on 21 March or the previous or following day depending on where it is observed) is the beginning of the new year in the Iranian calendar. This is referred to as Nowruz, which means “New Day.” This is what Spring is for people all over the world, a new day, a new beginning and perhaps why we love to have a Spring Clean!
We have more in common as people on this lovely Earth than what we have dividing us!
The Ancient Greeks believed that spring was a time of renewal and fertility, represented by the Return of Persephone to her mother Demeter after her sojourn with Hades in the underworld.
If, like me, you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you will be welcoming Spring and celebrating the lengthening days!