We have been back at it all again since early february with Primitive living courses and preparing the ground for the arrival of spring. Our first wwoofers have been and gone and we really enjoyed having them. The abilty to travel while actually stationary was felt once again as we experienced a bit of Detroit and Japan second hand. Work on the second half of the circular garden got off to a good start as we went back to gathering East Coast seaweed and manure for the lazy beds. The second batch of Garden Complete course participants came along in mid-Feb. Broad beans and Winterkeefe peas were planted.
We finished off the last of the (newly liked by all) brussel sprouts (nothing like those old moldies served as boiled mush during the festive seasons of some folks' childhoods). The purple sprouting brocolii has gone on and on. The leeks are small but tasty and the spring cabbage is coming along nicely.
We planted and moved in a few more fruit trees, two plum, two apple-these donated by a participant from last year's Garden Complete. She had saved them by sending wood for grafting of old trees due for felling in her sons school. So we will away with intereste their progress on the hill and their first fruits.
Our now regular volunteer days are a great way to meet up with old friends and make new ones. The chats about our shared interests are great and a community network continues to develop. I have been very busy with our outreach work with community gardens around the county and it is wonderful to see the interest people have in developing them. Hopefully more pages will be added on these as they develop.
I'm awaiting eagerly the signs that winter has lost its final grip, but for now am at least outside lots seeing it loosening; signs of early spring are everywhere: birds are busy again gathering up the twigs fallen from storm swept trees, daffodils, and primroses, my favourite, back in the hedge rows.