New Raised Beds and Signs of Spring

I mentioned last month our plan to add more no dig raised beds to the vegetable garden, a dry spell allowed us to get this done over the weekend and now the beds are in place and filled with our homemade compost. The weather was very chilly at the time but I didn’t feel the cold, emptying compost bins and barrowing it across the garden is warm work!

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A Welcome Visitor on Remembrance Sunday

Comma butterfly

Today was beautiful, a welcome break from wet and windy weather that seems to be hanging around. We visited the allotment to harvest the remainder of the beets and to do a spot of weeding. There’s still a fair bit of work to be done before the real winter weather arrives, mainly harvesting, tidying and hand weeding. Oh, and garlic planting. Lots of garlic.

comma butterfly on field scabious

We sat for a while in the warm sunshine listening to the sounds of the allotment, observing the 2 minute silence at 11am. Then I noticed a Comma butterfly visiting the Field Scabious growing on our plot, a very welcome visitor. Going by the wing shape and condition I’m pretty certain our Comma visitor was male and from the summer brood, he will hibernate soon and be on the wing next spring with a bit of luck.