"The Gardener's Wise Words and Country Ways" by Ruth Binney (UK: 2007).
Look out for all these good soil indicators growing in your garden:
High Nitrogen - stinging nettles (Urtica dioica), black nightshade (Solanum nigrum)
Lime rich - bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)
Lime deficient - chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
Loam - tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), dandelions (Taraxacum pp)
Clay - coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)"
I was wondering if it applies to us here too? If so, then I must have a number of soils going here!! heh... but definitely not lime deficient! I am not sure re coltsfoot - need to look up anyway.
And from pages 196 - 197:
It recommends planting garlic on the shortest day and harvesting it on the longest - meaning garlic should survive the winter and produce its crop in summer. Plant them anytime from mid-autumn before the ground's cold and hard with frost
Thought Id share anyway...
That's it for today, peeps.
Cheers till later!