Yesterday afternoon, I got a call from a BBC radio producer asking if I would mind being interviewed for one of their programmes (it isn’t to do with gardening or use of buses etc). The upshot is that this lunchtime an attempt was made to record the interview with a phone and an iPad. Unfortunately, my technology partly failed me, so I imagine that is my fifteen minutes of fame out the window.
Never mind. The ground elder is more of a concern. I had been hopeful it had been eradicated last time I picked the roots out of the soil but I could see new leaves appearing between the green manure sown in this patch.
The green manure was going to be dug in, anyway, in preparation for planting this season’s garlic, so it was no great loss to turn the soil. Of course, this is hardly a no-dig area of the garden but until I am sure the ground elder has gone, I think perennial plants are best avoided.
In the event, a lot more ground elder roots came out of the soil and I think I should go through it once again before the garlic goes in. I had to remove a few strawberry plants and their runners, which is a shame, but it’s more of a shame that I felt they should go in the municipal waste rather than my compost. No point in risking any further contamination, though.
The Jerusalem artichokes are another eager plant that needs to be tamed. Now it has rained but still mild, it has flowered, which is a pleasure to see, at the same time. And maybe there are still a few insects that will benefit from their pollen and nectar.
The runner beans have also had a spurt recently. I’m not sure the pods are detectable in the photo below. There aren’t many but they will be enjoyed in a meal soon.