Coming down

The garden is opening up now. Not only have most of the tomato plants been taken out, but the Jerusalem artichokes have mostly been chopped down and today I did likewise with the runner beans.


If the beans hadn’t blown down last week, who knows. Maybe they would have gone on to produce longer pods than the ones I took off this afternoon. However, I could see that they were dying, so there was no point in prolonging the agony.

I did wait, though, till the ladybird that was on the runner beans had flown off. There are also still plenty of bees about, so just as well the lupins and nasturtiums, marigolds and rocket continue to flower. I’d rather the rocket didn’t, as it is now encroaching on the chives, but these are also merrily still producing flowers, which is good for the bees, too.

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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10 Responses to Coming down

  1. Some good compost, then. We have suffered from high winds too

  2. gaiainaction says:

    Lovely to hear that you still have quite a bit of produce coming in from the garden Helen.

  3. Rocket loves to smother when it flowers .. you should see my broccoli and coriander! Yes, my garden is out of control 😄

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