I may get the chance this next year to do something with the thyme as the problem is that here in Latvia the growing season is very short and our polytunnel was not completed early enough to start things off in trays – we haven't got a huge amount of window space. I think it might be one of those things that we start off in the polytunnel and grow outside in the summer and bring some plants inside the polytunnel to overwinter in the autumn.
Fiona got a copy of Organic Vegetable Growing: A Practical, Authoritative Guide to Producing Nutritious and Flavourful Vegetables from Your Garden or Allotment by Robert Milne. I think she may review it at some point.
Now, I am not a gardener but I found some sections eye opening. Especially the 30 page section on Maintaining Soil Fertility. His style may be a little preachy but the subject matter is very well researched. If I were into self sufficient gardening I would want this guide. Maybe your local library can get you a copy.
The blurb says "In 2003, frustrated by the lack of information about soil in gardening books, Robert took a degree in soil science at the University of Reading." I don't think I would go that far meself, like, but if you see it on sale grab it.
……. and she has a large allotment – a very successful one, too.
One of her jobs was to advise owners after domestic oil spills; and even visited disused mines (I had to drive her and a colleague to one near Bristol (bell mine), after her car packed up!!).
This could involve not only reparation of the soil, but also on replanting.
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