The last few days hard work in my garden.
After three weeks of neglect, my garden was very overgrown. Bindweed was strangling my peas and broad beans, the grass on my lawns was about a foot high.
There was no choice, I had to get down on my hands and knees and knees and start cutting the grass with a pair of hand sheers. Only then, and probably needing two passes, would I be able to mow with a lawn mower.
That was two weeks ago. It has been cold and wet with many days of heavy rain, I have been very ill with bronchitis.
The last few days I have been back out in my garden. On my hands and knees cutting that what had been cut before.
I started Wednesday. Forty-five minutes was all I could manage. Sheer exhaustion and very weak.
Forty-five minutes, then an hour, then an hour and a half, then today nearly two hours.
I have managed to clear two borders. It was all I could do to lift spade and fork.
The borders now clear I will be able to plant tomato plants. These I will collect from a man down the road. He has saved me fifteen var Moneymaker. Not a variety I like, but all he has left.
Today planted 22 runneer beans var Harry’s beans, saved from my father’s garden in 2008. I did have 2011, but these I have given to my friend Lena for her dacha. I do not know what variety they are, hence Harry’s beans, but they look like Scarlet Emperor, a traditional variety.
I did plant beans early May, either they have not germinated or been eaten by slugs and snails (a big problem in my garden).
Sweetcorn (from a farm in Tenerfife) have germinated.
In the autumn I pile leaves off the trees onto the borders. They sit there all winter. Now have gone, I assume decomposed and pulled into the soil by worms.
Once all the weeds were removed, I chopped at the soil with a spade just to turn and aerate a little.
Now, all I have to do, is hope is does not rain, then tomorrow I can go over the cut grass with a lawnmower.
Afternoon a walk on hills with two dogs.