I’ve overspent already this month, so buying a dibber to plant the leeks I acquired on Friday was not on the agenda. However, there were six of them waiting to go into the ground…
So, while I put my thinking cap on, I finally sowed some fennel seed. And planted the latest batch of runner beans. If all goes to plan, therefore, come autumn there should be some fennel bulbs and mountains of runner beans (one of my colleagues has a particular penchant for them, so she should be pleased as well).
Then the holes in the ground created by the telescopic pole for the washing line caught my imagination. I had kept the old pole in case it ever had a new use and just now it did: making holes for the leeks.
I have recently read in book entitled Weedless Gardening (unfortunately I didn’t note the author’s name) that said crops can be grown in between the green manure. In this way, the latter continues to protect the surrounding soil and might attract beneficial insects which protect the former as well. Whether or not either these happens, though, the buckwheat does look pretty and the leeks in no way detract from this image.
© Helen Butt, July 2014