The Girl and I drove to our land today, where we are building our home. Work is progressing swiftly -- one advantage of building during a bursting bubble is that the builders are not busy. The roof beams are up, the underroofing covers the structure, and the slates are half on. We hope to be in by Christmas.
The Girl and I scattered radish seeds around the back of our property, hoping they would offer an abundant crop. We already have a forest garden in the shade of the copse, with blueberries, strawberries and many other plants under the hazels. My mother-in-law suggested we get a broom-plant, which is native to these marshy soils and fixes the nitrogen the other plants will need. She also suggested replacing the grass with clover, which will not need to be mown as often and will also fix nitrogen -- an excellent idea.
We talked about other plants we could have, bee-plants that would retain their flowers early in spring or into the winter darkness. I always wanted a flytrap, both as pest control and for entertainment value. They are native to swamps, so should probably do well with our soil. I always check myself before bringing in plants from alien bioregions, but this will be in a pot, and as it is native to the Okeefenokee, I don't see it overrunning Ireland.
Most of you know that we had to build our house where the garden once stood, due to local ordinance, so we had to take down our greenhouse and garden beds. The earth from the beds, which my mother-in-law built up over years of composting, is now in a giant pile of earth while the house is being built. When it was first shoveled to one side it was a four-metre-tall pile of bare earth, and was quickly covered with weeds that have now gone to seed. any suggestions for not getting seed-infested garden soil?
While we were there The Girl and I swept out the shed in the back corner of the property, where we have our food stores, and snacked on the mint that is now growing rampant over the giant earth piles.
Finally, we travelled to all the nearby villages - Timahoe, Prosperous, Rathangan, Kilkullen -- and put up dozens of flyers for the Luka Bloom concert, now only five days away.