September 6th, 2010
One of the most wonderful things about living in the mountains is being woken by the birdsong in the morning. I love waking up when it is still dark and lying there listening to the birds getting ready for the day. There is a great flurry of activity now, as they are starting to make their nests. I have a good little population of wrens in the garden and I need to be careful when I am cutting back plants, that I don’t expose one of their little nests.
Spring is such an exciting time of the year, the sap is rising and new growth is pushing on out everywhere you look. It is also a time to do some judicious tip pruning. The secret to good gardening is fertilising, mulching and sensible pruning. I will be very busy in the garden in the next week or two doing just that. Of course, the weeds have all got away on me again and need a great deal of attention as well.
Gardening does seem to go better with a bit of a plan, a routine. Good exercise habits keep the body healthy, fit and functioning and in just the same way garden routines keep your garden happy and performing well. Spring is the time to mulch! Mulch, mulch, mulch, you cannot over do the mulch. Do it early in spring to prepare for the summer heat to come. I like to do it bit by bit, weeding then spreading on some manure, [cow, sheep, or duck, whatever you have handy] then mulch. Don’t you just love that word? Spread thick over the garden beds it helps retain moisture, of which we seem to be blessed with a great deal of at the moment, and it stops the weeds. OK it doesn’t stop the weeds completely, but it slows them down and that is a grand thing!
Well, I am off out to begin on the weeds.