Bank Holiday Clearance

Posted on September 1, 2009

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A lot of this Weekend has been spent having a big clear up in the garden. After Ed’s excavations we had a couple of tons of rocks, stone and dirt to get rid of. It was stopping me getting to the compost heap so composting had slowed down recently. Not so much a hot compost heap, but more of a warm home for mice and toads. The heaps that Ed built are now tidy again, and are even surrounded by gravel to stop me getting my slippers muddy when I head out there with my ‘tatoe peelings and tea bags.

We also decided to do a serious machete job to the front of the house. It was a bit of a jungle out there, so we set to it with a chainsaw, hedge trimmers and a bill hook and managed to break the trimmers in the process.

You can actually see the house from the road again now. A huge amount of ivy and several tree stumps have gone, along with a wasp next or two. We thought we had ordered a skip that was far too big, but as usual, we managed to fill it.

I have also cleared the front ‘allotment’. It’s an area that was crazy paved and had a stinky pond in it when we moved in, but as it is South facing and elevated we thought it was ideal for a bit of a ‘Good Life’ style vegetable plot. It has worked quite well and seems to be a lot less sluggy than the back of the garden. It has produced a great supply of salad and alliums over the Summer and is just home to half of the Courgettes now. We need to start planning what to plant there next year.

Before:

I have bought some Field Bean seeds as a green manure and I am thinking of putting them in for a few months over the Autumn otherwise it gets very weedy. Apparently they are nice and easy to dig in and improve the soil. Has anyone used them?

After:

I also have some Red Kale, Curly Kale and Cavalo Nero seedlings to put in for the Winter so they may find a home in there too. Saw lots of it in the kitchen gardens at Chatsworth House last year and thought it looked amazing:

Among the crops that are still producing at the moment are a late batch of mange tout that I planted that are providing us with a good bowlful of pods every few days. Of course the courgettes are still pumping out babies, and the occasional teenager that has hidden under a leaf and turned into a marrow. Courgette chutney can’t be far away. The runner beans are so prolific aswell, I think a bit of bean pickling is in order.

We treated ourselves to a walk in the Peak District on Bank Holiday Monday to reward ourselves after a Weekend of hard labour.

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