Perennial kale planted with mint, marjoram and lovage has done well. But later in the summer it seems that the butterflies got wise and the kale was stripped by caterpillars.
We thought it could be of great interest if we were able to monitor the changes and hopefully the improvements in the soil food web of the Forest Garden as it matures. In this photo the fruit growing and orchard management consultant David Pennell is helping us by collecting soil samples which he’ll have analysed.
A terrific year for gooseberries and currants – black, red and white.
Our first Mirabelle plums.
Most of our gages were taken by parakeets (we think) just as they ripened.
We still haven’t got a water supply for the pond and luckily the late summer rain came just in time before we had to top it up with tap water.
The pond vegetation is doing well: water crowfoot, broad-leaved pond weed, water forget-me-not, purple loosestrife, willow herb, water buttercup and flags.
David Pennell, who advised us on our original selection of fruit trees, came to see how our trees were doing.
He found that the less robust apple trees were suffering from aphid damage and would benefit from a dressing of organic chicken manure pellets. He said bug hotels would be a good idea.
At this stage with young trees we should be fairly ruthless in taking off a lot of small apples. Most of their energy should be going into growth not fruit production.
He is also going to advise us on taking soil samples so that we can monitor soil improvements as the forest garden matures.