In so many ways, I find wonder in all that Mother Nature does. Things that often appear simple, are often in fact wondrously complex.
As a home-based worker in a small office with big windows looking out the back, I have quietly studied this garden of mine every day for the last 12 years, and for 12 years I have watched the squirrels take the hazelnuts from our hazel tree and bury them all over the garden. I regularly remove them from the lawn, the strawberry patch and the flower beds, and I feel pretty sure that if I hadn’t been doing that for 12 years, by now Read more
This afternoon I thought I would plant some fruit bushes in the garden, a job that I was expecting would only take a couple of hours. In the end it took 6!!!
This whole area was just a stony patch of dry ground where some old chairs sat and my kids stacked up old toys and lots of footballs, after I cleared it and started digging, it turned out to be the most stone-filled, root-strewn, sandy and awful soil ever. So, I had no choice but to dig it all out. The whole patch is 7 feet by 7 feet, and I dug out the whole 7 feet by 7 feet to a depth of 9 inches, that’s 36 cubic feet, or exactly one whole cubic meter of stony soil (that’s about 1 ton of soil) dug out by hand, with one fork and one spade. That was a workout!
Then I laid the slabs on sharp sand down one side, the bricks down the other, then refilled with fresh top soil and mixed in lots of manure, compost and some ericaceous potting compost to encourage the acid-loving blueberry bushes to grow.
The actual planting up at the end only took half an hour, but the rest of the job worked out for bigger than I planned! I would not have got up at 6:30 and gone out for an hour’s hard sprint training this morning if I had known I was going to do 6 hours sweaty graft in the hot sun this afternoon! Whatever happened to Sunday being a day of rest!! Read more
I love nuts, and eating nuts is one of my top choices of snack options. I love Brazil nuts, but I am not supposed to eat too many of these because they have a very high ratio of omega 6 (bad fats) to omega 3 fats (the good ones). One of the best nuts to eat are walnuts, which have a much better ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids.
I’m away from home on a family holiday this week (Aug 2012), staying in a beautiful converted barn with walnut trees growing outside the front door. I have never thought about how walnuts grow before, so I love having these trees right outside the door. They look like horse chestnut trees, and the walnuts grow looking like green ‘fruits’.