Around the garden in 80 days #1

I haven’t blogged much this year. If you are a regular reader, you’ll have realised this, but it is worth stating because I have come up with a plan to get typing again. Or tapping, as I will be writing on the phone app.

Anyway, as the title of this post suggests, the plan is to write 80 posts featuring different aspects of the garden as it is, was and may be. So, first up are the purple sprouting broccoli in the current raised bed.

Over the summer, the two plants had been ravaged by caterpillars, so I’d thought that would have put paid to them. Not so, as you can see in the photo above. They are determined to survive, pushing out new shoots, on the stems which I’d cleared of leaf skeletons.

The broccoli plants are in the way of my plan to relocate the raised bed to a slightly sunnier spot. Thinking they would not survive the cabbage white onslaught, it seemed that this plan would be easy enough to execute. Take out the dying plants then move the bricks and hugelbed material they contain to the centre of the garden. A bit of labour but job done.

Now, I’m left with the question of whether to try and relocate the PSB as well. I have heard of people who have done so with kale, so it might work. At the same time, part of my plan had included disposing of the woody stems in the new hugel/raised bed.

On balance, I think the latter action will prevail. After all, much as we love PSB, and I am an experimenter by nature, the first option would create a new headache. I don’t want broccoli plants in the regular compost unnecessarily, considering how long they take to break down.

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 Around the garden in 80 days #1

  1. With a little help from their friends, plants are so resilient. I did not know that these take a long time to break down

  2. Going Batty in Wales says:

    My kale has been eaten too. I am hoping some will come back but I know some plants have died. Good luck with the blogging and with the relocation of the bed.

  3. You can hasten the decomposition by hitting the stalks with a hammer and crushing them before cutting into small pieces.

  4. It’s nice to see you finding a renewed interest in blogging about your garden. I hope you enjoy the series.

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