Mayhem outside

Last week was taken up with sorting out mayhem inside. Today, with a dry carpet, it was time to tackle what the wind was doing outside.

Now, this may be the tail end of what’s been happening on the other side of the Atlantic but by no means could you say the wind is remotely as damaging. It just doesn’t happen to be ideal that the runner beans have blown down or that the fleece cloche has ripped beyond use.

I’m hoping that I’ll be able to prop the beans up once the wind has died down. There’s at least one more meal out of them. And the sprouts which had been under the cloche will need support. But that’s also a job for another day.

In the meantime, I’ve crammed as much biomass into the compost bin as possible. At this rate, I’ll be keeping any more in a bag until I can move the bin, which should create more room in it. The plan is to place it over the rhubarb patch once this has died down for the winter.

Not long now, probably, especially as the wind has also blown stalks off the crown. Some of them are edible, too, so a crumble is on the cards. I’d have left them on the crown to let the rhubarb feed itself but, hey, I’m not going to waste good food!

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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12 Responses to Mayhem outside

  1. The wind and hard rain are reeking havoc on our garden as well. We have deer digging up our potatoes as well. We are waiting for the weather to let up. We are discussing maybe it is time to harvest everything for the season. Good luck

  2. What a shame about your beans. I hope you can prop them up again. We’ve had lots of wind too but my garden is quite sheltered so mine are still standing. I’m also hoping that the runner beans will last a few more weeks

    • Helen says:

      I hope yours do! And good that they are still standing.

      I’m going to build a new hugel bed where the beans are, so it’s not too much of a disappointment that they’ve blown over, thankfully.

  3. Clare Pooley says:

    We harvested everything we could before the last high winds a couple of weeks ago which saw off our bean plants so we had nothing to lose during the winds yesterday!

  4. Karen says:

    I had heard that the lasting winds from the hurricanes were headed east…sorry about your beans.

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