Got my view back!

Well, the compost bin is almost full now! Earlier on today, I noticed that some of the flowers on the florence fennel had shrivelled and died. It therefore seemed unlikely that there would be any of the hoped-for seeds forthcoming. In light of this, I decided the fennel had to go.

Over the last few weeks the plants had got bigger and bigger and this is what they looked like today:

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Florence fennel in the way

Now, all that has gone in the compost bin and I can prepare the ground for some brassicas. And of course, I can once more sit on my patio and admire the view.

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The new view of the garden

I’ll put down some green manure (phacelia, with lovely purple flowers) later in the day when it has cooled off. In the meantime, the growbag with lettuce in it, which had been sheltered by the fennel, has been moved to a shady spot behind the runner beans. All being well, this it means it won’t bolt!

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Lettuce shaded by the runner beans

© 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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6 Responses to Got my view back!

  1. Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome post Helen thank you for sharing

  2. Marcella Rousseau says:

    I never heard of phacelia but I heard of green manure. I’m trying to get peas to start growing in my garden if the rabbit would just leave them off his menu. Peas add nitrogen to the soil. I can’t remember if you have to turn them under when their done or if they just automatically add the nitrogen. I’ll have to google it.

    • I think phacelia is my flower of the year – I’ll definitely be growing more next year. The bees love it, too!

      As for peas (and beans) I have read that it is good to leave the roots in the ground. But I think it is also good to dig the plant in for compost. You need to leave it to rot down for a couple of months before planting anything else though, otherwise the decomposition process will take nitrogen from the next crop.

      Hope you find a way to deter the rabbits.

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