“There are neither beginnings or endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.”

Sunday 27th January 2019

Hello! I’ve been putting this off for way too long! If you follow me on Instagram then you’d be forgiven for thinking that I’d dropped off the face of the earth!
Last year was tough. My father-in-law died and I finally had to face up to the fact that my depression had returned and I needed help. I’m feeling much more like my old self now and looking forward to a new year. It’s made me re-evaluate a few things and although I have no idea what I am doing or how this will look I’m finally starting my blog. There’s never going to be a perfect time and this won’t be perfect but it also won’t be the end of the world! I haven’t figured out how to add photo’s yet so please bear with me or visit Plot24b on Instagram for photo goodness until I catch up with the 21st century 
All of the last years’ drama has lead to fairly neglected plots but not horrifically so thanks to the efforts of my fantastic husband who has periodically been visiting and hoeing. 
This is the first bit of (weekend) sunshine that we’ve had this year so I was desperate to get to the plots. It was gorgeous out and it certainly didn’t feel it’s 8 degrees. After a bit of deliberation, we decided to concentrate on Plot24b to start as it’s by far the worst for the two plots. This plot is mainly given over to perennials plus a large squash bed and a salad bed. 
Last year the fruit really suffered due to the dry weather and our very sandy soil so in an effort to help with this we’ve decided to mulch all of the perennial beds. 
We’ve got three compost bins at the bottom of this plot and we took the top off the biggest compost heap and spread it over the squash bed. This layer wasn’t entirely rotted and this bed is going to be covered with weed suppressant fabric until May/June which will give it a bit longer to break down. We didn’t lay the weed suppressant today as the wind was gusting up to 42mph and I didn’t fancy a free flying lesson!
The nicely rotted compost has been used to mulch the asparagus and rhubarb beds about 2 inches thick. We also mulched the weird fruit bed but here I laid down a layer of cardboard first and covered that with the mulch. Hopefully, this will help keep the water in even more and as these won’t have new shoots pushing their way up through the soil the thicker mulch won’t hurt.
Once the compost bin was empty we gave the whole area a bit of a tidy and started to re-fill it with soil and weeds from the “lost bed”. This is an area that we haven’t yet managed to get on top of. When we inherited the plot this area had gooseberries on it but they never fruited and were infested with couch grass. Last winter we removed those, dug and partially replanted with summer fruiting raspberries inherited on Plot28b. Then life happened and we never got around to replanting the rest. It now needs clearing of annual weeds and digging over and then I want to add some autumn fruiting raspberries and maybe a couple of fruit trees. 
We also moved some red valerian from the asparagus bed to the flower beds on Plot28b and some Borage from the lost bed to the herb bed and that was job done for the day.
Feeling much more positive about the new year now and I’ve written out a long to-do list which I’ll share with you later in the week!

Thanks for reading.
Ivy xxx

P.S. If you’re wondering the title is a quote from Robert Jordan’s Wheel of time series. One of my all-time favourite fantasy series!

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