Under the big cloche: mangetout

While it was still bright and sunny this afternoon/evening, I managed to get a bit more potting up done. Earlier in the day I had decided to buy some more potting compost from my local garden centre rather than driving down the motorway to one of my favourite garden centres, where there is an offer on the bags of compost. After all, as I don’t actually need that much of the stuff, why buy three bags and drive all that way for the pleasure, which would probably negate the saving in bulk buying anyway? And of course, I am supporting my own community by buying local.

Another job I wanted to do was plant out a third tomato plant – in the new area at the back of the garden. But just as I was digging the hole, the awaited rain started.

Great! Now was the opportunity to give the mangetout under the cloche a good, natural soaking. And while I was at it, I decided to give the two plants that have recovered from pigeon attack some staking. Just as well the cloche is big – I can continue to keep the mangetout protected at the same time!


Mangetout recovering from pigeon attack

Now, perhaps it is also time to sow a few more seeds?

© Helen Butt, July 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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4 Responses to Under the big cloche: mangetout

  1. andy1076 says:

    dang, hopefully those pigeons will stay away long enough for you to do your project 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome update thank you for sharing have a blessed day

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