Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Out with the Old Leaf Mould; Diary

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Out with the Old Leaf Mould; Diary

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TURN OVER A NEW LEAF: Some of our New Year's resolutions are already happening. Not only has last year's leaf mould heap been cleared, huge tree pots and trugs full of the lovely, crumbly dark brown material have been distributed by Jamie around the shady side of the garden, ready for mulching the small beds.

Meanwhile the new lot of leaves are in dumpy bags and about to be used to create a new heap.

SNOW RIGHT: I finally got round to planting my special snowdrop - nameless but delightful, with large, heavy drops and very robust. It shows up well in the shady parts of the garden and is happy living in our heavy, wet soil.

There are already lots of its bulbs in one small bed but now they've been joined by loads more, planted singly using a cabbage trowel, which makes a small but deep hole.

COMFREY COMFORT: Before I started, it was time to remove masses of comfrey - the small species Symphytum grandiflorum h that makes dense mats of foliage.

Its white flowers are tinged with orange and, like all members of the borage family to which it belongs, bees adore it. …

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