We have had a lovely day in the orchard/ future forest garden. This morning we woke up to warm temperatures, hazy sunshine and this visitor on our bird feeder:
I spent some time building up nutrients on the lasagne bed. While I was doing that I picked some cleavers (which I know by the rather amusing name ‘stickywilly’) that arrived with my compost from the allotment. When it is young and tender it can be used as a spring green which you can cook like spinach – a little bonus harvest from something that most people just view as an annoying weed.
There was a lot of watering to do today. It really felt more like mid-summer than early April! It was almost too hot to do any work in the garden.
I planted out some broad beans and direct sowed some parsnips, swedes and radishes, then started to create a fence with cut dead stems that I cleared yesterday. The brassicas spent the day out in the open polytunnel again.
It was so lovely and warm that we all spend the day out in the orchard, having a few drinks and some music.
The dogs had a fantastic time too – though they did get rather hot.
I hope everyone else had as lovely an Easter day as we did.