A Good use for Bad news…Today john the farmer is using newspaper to sheet mulch an area of the allotment !
Sheet mulching prevents weeds from coming up and retains the moisture in the soil.
A layer of well rotted biomass from the compost heap holds the newsprint down and prevents the paper from drying out.
I intend planting a ground cover of Sour fig (Carpobrotus) by making small holes in the newspaper and sticking the cuttings into them.
Hugelkultur or hill culture is simply growing what you want on hills or mounds created out of rough biomass to improve the soil, increase drainage and at the same time prevent the soil from drying out.
I added a galvanized wire mesh tube or cylinder which i plan to use as a trellis for climbing plants.
The middle of the tube will filled with garden clippings, kitchen waste and leaves to create a ‘wormhole’.
The wormhole will concentrate earthworm activity from where they will spread out to the rest of the mound.
I must say this Hugelkultur method really works ! Three months later and all the veggies I put into the mound are reaady for harvest..The beans that I sowed must still climb the trellis but I am ready to replace most of the veggies with the summer seedlings.
Seven new duckies on the allotment !
Appropriately named call ducks: So cute at this stage before they start quacking and tearing into the succulents…
Remove and clean pit. Make sure the narrow end points up. Don’t remove the brown skin.
Insert 3-4 toothpicks into the pit around the equator at a slight angle so that the pit rests in the water of your cup/ bowl/ glass.
Remember to top up with water as required.
Your Avocado pit will first root then shoot will appear.
Wait till young sapling has a few sets of leaves before transplanting out so that the top of the pit just sticks above ground.
Avocado’s are monoecious so they have both male and female flowers which don’t open at the same time so one should plant at least two nearby.
Progress after two weeks !
Four new ducklings on the farm
Dried pea pods
Today John the Farmer harvested dried pea seed pods for next season’s planting. Originals were from Prince Charles’s duchy organic range.