Weeding Frenzy

Let the record show:

vegetable plot in July

It may not last …

After a couple of weeks of a light workload and no gadding about, I have finally got the veg plot something like under control (with a bit of help from the other half). I think we can agree that this is something of an improvement on a month ago

overgrown paths on vegetable plot

Previously, on Town Mouse…

Not that everything in the garden is entirely rosy – those weedy things in the foreground are squash and pumpkin plants, which are looking especially pathetic, with the exception of the one which took matters into its own hands and sent its tap root so deeply out of the pot it was in, it effectively planted itself in the greenhouse (the other half took pity on it and cut it free of its pot in the end).

self-planting pumpkin

And it looks as if Peter Rabbit has been busy with the perpetual spinach

perpetual spinach plant munched by rabbit

While totally ignoring our glut of lettuce.

totally untouched lettuce

The peas … what can I say about the peas? There is another bed of them which is doing slightly better but we’re a long way from having enough peas to trouble a saucepan with. Fortunately a handful of pods makes for a decent reward for a hungry gardener

pathetic pea plants

Still we will not be short of fennel in a hurry…

fennel plants

And we have kale. Lots and lots and lots of kale. This is about one-third of it. What was I thinking?

plenty of kale

Oh yeah, that I should grow stuff that’s suited to the Scottish climate and virtually unkillable even through neglect. And, apparently, not particularly palatable to rabbits…

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4 Responses to Weeding Frenzy

  1. charles says:

    There is a very good Venetian recipe for pumpkin soup where you stir in Kale or cabbage 10 minutes before you serve it. If I was at home I could give you the name of the book I found it in. As I am in Joburg transit lounge this is not an option. Just grow the pumpkins where they want to be and it will have the bonus that you will not be able to get into the greenhouse for 8 months of the year. Simples.

    Did you go for square mini plots for a reason? I will have to dig up a rather disciplined lawn to make my veg patch and little squares mean less digging than on big area. Is there a cunning organic reason as well that I can quote? If things go according to plan I only have 4 more trips to AFRICA, includiing this one before I become economically insignificant – bring it on! Probably a few trips to Belgium and there is always one suprise trip at an awkward moment….

  2. disgruntled says:

    They’re a compromise version of proper raised beds. The idea is that you never step on the soil where the veg grow, avoiding compaction and meaning that theoretically you can fit more plants into a given space (making up for the ‘dead space’ of the paths). Also, as you note, less digging (not just the paths, but once the beds have been created they shouldn’t need to be heavily dug again, just turned over and mulched) but unless you invest in brick paths, more weeding. You have to get the width right so that you can reach into the middle without having to step onto the soil, so these reflect the length of my arms. They can be as long as you like but if you don’t have regular cross paths then inevitably you will end up stepping on the plots to get across them – a compromise between loss of growing space and the acknowledgement of human laziness.

  3. Andy in Germany says:

    Now you’re just showing off…

    Or I’m just envious.

    I’m thinking of getting some kale, on the basis it will hopefully lengthen our rather short growing season. Unfortunately it may be a bit if a hard sell for the boys…

  4. Charles says:

    They look like an interesting approach. Quite how such a cutting edge approach to cultivation will be received in Somerset is anyone’s guess.

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