Oh yes, I still have a garden!

I had feared that today might have to be a non-gardening day, going on the weather forecast. I also needed to get new brake pads for the car and wasn’t sure how long that would take. However, it has in fact been sunny and 9.5°C and I was back home by lunchtime.

So, while I didn’t exactly make hay, I certainly feel that I achieved a fair amount. For a start, having learned that it is not possible to use the carpet which has been sitting in the vegetable patch at home for the last year on the allotment, I disposed of that. And just as well, as once I got it up it did have a faint whiff about it. And just as well I didn’t try to get it in the car – it was sodden and very heavy, so the landfill bin had to do. I think it is made of all natural materials, though, so that isn’t too much of a shame.

I haven’t got rid of all the smells from the garden, however, as the horse manure I put down where I did some ground clearance was surprisingly pungent. Hopefully, after a few days out of the bag and open to the air that will sort itself out.

The ground where the manure has been put was part of the strawberry patch. Now, these remaining plants (I dug out the rest last autumn) have all gone, as have the dandelions and couch grass they were hiding. I did, on the other hand, find a sweet young strawberry plant and have decided to keep that in situ, as it seemed a shame to get rid of it when it clear so much wants to live.


In any case, there has been no noticeable wind this afternoon. So, my broad beans have been basking outside on the patio. I’ve also got a couple of pretty frames out there, which I acquired from the allotment when we did the communal clearout last Saturday. The plastic has unfortunately come off and they are quite rusty but I wonder if there is anything I can do to deal with that?


Last but not least, I finally put down the paving stones donated by a friend on Christmas Eve, which means I now have something resembling a path going through the vegetable patch. So, no more muddy feet when I hang the clothes out to dry 🙂


© Helen Butt, January 2014

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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10 Responses to Oh yes, I still have a garden!

  1. Marcella Rousseau says:

    Oh dear! I’m tired just from looking at the work you have ahead of you! Girl, you’re brave to post that photo! lol! You’re going to discourage would-be gardeners!

    • Really? It was only about one – one and a half hour’s work yesterday, which is generally about as much as I do in any one day.

      Seriously though, the garden project is taking longer than I expected, partly because the concept is quite organic; the more I do and the more I learn about gardening, the more work I make for myself.

      Still, gardening can count towards your daily/weekly fitness activities. Definitely a good thing with the fitness monitor attached to my wrist 🙂

      • Marcella Rousseau says:

        That’s what I tell myself too – that the exercise is good for me. Some years though with the yield I get, I wonder if it’s really worth it!

        We’re shooting for a record-breaking snow level for the month of January. They expect another heavy snowfall the last 2 days of this month. I’d be very surprised if we don’t have a drought this summer. I’m thinking of planting late or not at all this summer because of it. I get plenty of outdoor exercise just mowing although if it doesn’t rain, I won’t have to mow either! My backyard is buried in snow. When I woke up this morning, the temperature was 7 degrees below zero! They canceled school and some businesses closed too. It’s just too dangerous to be out there. I’m going to be making some more of my Russian Black Bread today.
        At least the sun is shining brightly today. I just wish I could be out in it!

        • You could well have a hot summer – we did last year after the awful winter beforehand!

          Guess you must be getting cabin fever now?!

          • Marcella Rousseau says:

            I went out today and yesterday but I still feel cabin feverish. We’re supposed to get more snow tonight and tomorrow and then Saturday, rain. I did all my grocery shopping today. Did you hear about the snowfall in Atlanta, Georgia? They usually don’t have bad snowfalls there but hundreds, maybe thousands of cars were stranded on the highway because it was all iced up. Some were stuck in their cars for more than a day! Some left their cars and hoofed it to the nearest restaurant or whatever to get away! It was awful! It was a traffic nightmare! One woman actually gave birth in her car with the help of her husband and a policeman. Unbelievable! People just abandoned their cars! If a city the size of Atlanta can’t handle an emergency like this, what will happen if there is a terrorist attack? Then they all started playing the “blame” game. http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/29/us/winter-weather-vignettes/index.html?iid=article_sidebar

          • I am sure everything will be fine – terrorist attacks are very rare in comparison with inclement weather. The powers that be can do a lot to prevent human activity but there is not a lot we can do to prevent the elements….

          • Marcella Rousseau says:

            and why is that? We can send a man to the moon but we can’t do more about the elements? Or put out ravaging fires? Man (and woman) can do so many incredible things but they seem to be lacking in those two areas!

          • Seems like more could be done here on planet Earth! Well, that goes without saying really, doesn’t it?

  2. Karen says:

    Slowly it will all come together, especially with all the hard work you are putting into your garden.

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