The self-seeders have to go

Having said yesterday morning that I wasn’t going to be outside with a space, what did I do in the hour before it got dark?


This year, my garden has been dominated by self-seeders, in part because of the seed heads that I put in the compost bin last year. The upshot has been a plentiful supply of edible leaves. The downside has been irritation on my part at space being taken up which I wanted for something else.

So now I am going to be a bit more ruthless in getting rid of what I don’t want. Especially as the black cat is still hanging around.

I didn’t get the chance to move the compost bin as it was getting dark as well as cold by the time I had dug out a massive amount of chard and rocket. But I’m pleased to see the lovely black soil underneath.


No doubt the chard and rocket will be back again next year. But hopefully the rat won’t and I can also now get to the rosebush which needs a good prune.

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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 The self-seeders have to go

  1. andy1076 says:

    On today’s episode of battle of the garden šŸ˜„

  2. Awesome update Helen apart for a pain in my mouth the rain has stopped play hoping it will not rain so much in the afternoon as i am at the care home with some school children paying a visit blessing

    • Helen says:

      Sorry not to have replied sooner, Linda – I have only just seen your comment as it didn’t come up in the normal way. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed your day in spite of the pain in your mouth.

  3. patsquared2 says:

    I no longer battle with anything in my garden. Lettuce, dill, kale, spinach, they all self seed as do beans and sunflowers. I let them go unless I need the space then I just dig what I need and plant in it. I love the courage of these random seeders and the whimsy they bring to my garden and my soul. I find it much more peaceful to let them grow if I can, especially the dill and sunflowers as they feed my bees and my birds!

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