With not a lot happening on the vegetable front (save to report that my garlic varieties Prim, Colorado Black and Uzbek Turban, have all come up) we were able to get some gardening done at the Friary in the run up to Christmas.
On a bitterly cold morning we kept warm by spreading 400 litres of bark mulch, having weeded first, though you'll see we weren't so careful in removing all the leaf debris.....time...time....if only we had more.
Starting on the eastern-most side of the border we'll work our way along it in thirds. If we get down there on both days this weekend we should be finished by Christmas.
The new planting is beginning to establish despite the rabbits; the bay tree to the left was already there and is hitting its stride; the other bay and the magnolia are coming on but the existing roses (Peace) are struggling. A case of wrong plant, wrong place and nobody with enough time to mulch, manure and prune them properly.
Now that the Friary is home to several postulants (wannabe Friars) we'll try and enlist them as upaid muscle. Nothing like a bit of hard labour to help discern your intention and commitment to living in community. That'll sort the men from the boys (eh...isn't that the problem I hear some say).