Helen's Garden Renovation Project

Saturday 20 August 2011

Moving the marjoram

Filed under: Progress — Helen @ 5:04 pm

Today I brought in some additional labour to help prepare for the big planting project in the autumn.

Mum and Dad in marjoram moving mode

Mum and Dad in marjoram moving mode

The job was to move the marjoram from under the apple tree to another part of the garden. The reason is that I want to preserve the marjoram, because it is good ground cover, is unfussy about where it is put, smells gorgeous and is beloved by bees. I do not yet know where its eventual destination will be, but there is a patch behind the bay tree where it can quietly flourish, out of the way of the operations that will take place as soon as the apple tree has gone to sleep for the winter.

As there was a lot of marjoram under the apple tree, there was no way we were going to move it all. You can see from the picture below that there was still a lot left after we had decided we had done enough digging. You can also see how prolific the apple tree is – for its size, those are amazingly big and plentiful apples.

The remaining marjoram under the Charles Ross apple tree

The remaining marjoram under the Charles Ross apple tree

Mum and I trimmed the marjoram right back – sorry bees – and dug it up in several spadefuls, while Dad dug some holes in its new home, correctly watering the holes before planting. There should still be enough summer left for the marjoram to establish itself behind the bay tree. It won’t mind being in the shade.

Dad and newly-planted marjoram

Dad and newly-planted marjoram

Next, I will dig up the rest of the marjoram and the other plants under the apple trees, and compost them, but there is no hurry to do this. Just as well, because I think I am going to be very busy preparing and freezing all those apples in a few weeks’ time.

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