Working in the Sunken Garden and fond farewells

Wednesday 12 October 2011

It was David Dowd’s last day at work as Interpretative Gardener at Mount Stewart. All the volunteers loved working with him, he is very knowledgeable and happy to share his expertise, great fun and a joy to work with. We will all miss him and wish him well in his new venture.

Today it was the turn of the Sunk Garden to get the attention of the volunteers and gardeners. The Leylandii hedge running along the length of the pergola is in great need of care and attention. With Lisa instructing us we raked out trailer loads of leaves, debris and soil from the bone-dry roots. Next it will be well soaked. Then a dressing of mycorrhiza, a beneficial fungus that will encourage root growth, will be spread on. Finally a layer of mulch will be put on to encourage healthy growth an

d keep in the moisture. We were also mulching the azalea beds, about three to four inches deep. The compost has been maturing for 18 months to 2 years, 2 parts garden waste and 1 part farmyard manure.

Jill

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