Monday, 13 July 2009

It is not enough for a gardener to love flowers;

He must also hate weeds

I had the afternoon off today so went down the allotment to do some weeding - it's beginning to turn into abit of a jungle down there. I started off in the cabbage and brocolli patches, as they were the most needy of a de-weed. The weeds were coming out really easily and I was on abit of a roll, so I moved onto the parsnips, broad beans and onions.

The carrots are coming up in neat rows, last year's werent very successful as they were all 'got' by carrot root fly. I read up abit on prevention, and basically you need to firm down the soil after thinning out, and then water well. It was the middle of the afternoon so I was aprehensive to water due to the sun scorching risk, but I figured it was the lesser of two evils.

Back at home, I've taken some of the outer leaves off our lettuce as a prevention measure against bolting (which some of them are starting to do). The theory is that it tricks them into thinking they haven't reached maturity and so prevents them bolting.

All-in-all a productive afternoon. Here's afew pictures from today:

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