Posted: 22/10/2016 at 11:10
It's amazing the difference in the soil after taking that ash tree down in the north/east corner of the garden last winter. The veg garden cropped much much better (more light on the plants and more moisture in the soil).
Another change is that whereas in the past, as soon as the rain stopped I could get out there and plant things, now, after all the organic matter we dug in to try to improve the soil over the past few years it's really holding the moisture - there's no chance of raking the bed down and sowing the broad beans today after the rain last night.
Never mind - the house is tidy (ish) and the ir*ning is done and put away - I shall find an enjoyable way of whiling away the day - surfing the websites lusting after kniphofias maybe? At the moment I want all of these https://www.woottensplants.com/product-category/plantlist/kniphofia/