Almost did the splits

Following the snow and rain we’ve been having recently, I noticed that a hole where I’d removed a stake from the side of the apple tree was filling with water. On top of battering winds earlier in the year, the maiden doesn’t need to drown.

Having decided to sort this issue out, I took advantage of removing the plastic to lay more cardboard (in order to keep other vegetation away from the young tree). Funny to think I’d been concerned about the tree not getting enough moisture, when the ground around it is totally saturated.

After the event, I was also amused that I’d skidded when putting some rubbish in the bins behind the shed. Algae on the path at the back of the garden had made it very slippery, so with one foot on a brick in the garden and the other on the path, I felt my legs move further and further apart. Rather than be torn in two, I decided to topple over, with the result that I now have a new record in how dirty I can get whilst gardening.


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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13 Responses to Almost did the splits

  1. Melanie says:

    🙂 Hope you had a nice bath afterwards!

  2. Linda Penney says:

    Thank you for sharing Helen blessing s

  3. Glad you could be amused. I would have difficulty getting up after that 🙂

  4. Oh dear. I’m tempted to laugh, but only because I’ve done something similar myself. I’m glad all is well, and that you could make the best of the situation. I didn’t realize you were having such heavy rain and snow. What a year it’s been.

    • Helen says:

      It’s not really heavy snow – we just can’t cope with it lol. We have definitely had a wet winter, though, but that should at least mean no drought this year.

      Anyway, feel free to laugh at my accident. I did post the story in view of it being a funny incident, rather than a disaster!

  5. Clare Pooley says:

    I am glad you can laugh about your fall; I hope you weren’t too bruised. Our trees were in danger of drowning a while ago (we have a lot of clay in our garden) so we cut little channels away from the trees and filled them up again with a soil and grit mixture which has helped enormously with the drainage. It’s always difficult to know what to do when the summer usually causes the ground to bake hard like rock.

    • Helen says:

      What you’ve been doing to protect your trees from excess water sounds great, Clare. I know what you mean about the fact that in the summer we’ll have the opposite problem!

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