So, on the last day of autumn, one year of gardening finishes and the new one begins. In a no-dig garden, that new year begins with laying compost on bare ground.
The garden still has the following crops to harvest:
1) Cavalo Nero Kale, Leaf Chicory and Endive;
2) Autumn King Carrots and Parsnips;
3) Winter radish and Mulatka beetroot;
In addition, spinach, spring cabbage and chard are being over-wintered.
After a year of intensive composting, 5cm of compost/horse manure has been laid down to date on 24sqm of cleared ground in the main beds, plus 6sqm of asparagus and boundary beds, as well as surrounding the pear tree. Green manure was sown on 7.5sqm.
Around one cubic metre of compost remains to cover remaining 13.5sqm of main beds, 5sqm of raspberries and 1.5sqm of other beds in the fruit cage.
In addition, autumn has been the season of leaf collecting for two purposes:
1) Starting a new leaf mould generation process – 280 litres have been packed into eight 35l pots:
2) A major last cut of autumn grass has been mixed with leaves/twigs to fill a one cubic metre builders’ bag:
All that remains to do is:
1): build a new horse manure/straw pile;
2): Treat the garden with biodynamic horn manure;
and pre-Christmas work is complete.