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Hard work in the garden

June 16, 2012
hard work in my garden

hard work in my garden

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.

Weird weather

May 8, 2012
bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)

bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)

cowslip (Primula veris)

cowslip (Primula veris)

Monday a week ago, the last day of April, it was a lovely spring day. I made the most of it it and worked in my garden.

It was very much the exception not the norm for this year.

Officially we are in drought!

April 2012, the wettest April on record.

April 2012, if not the coldest, one of the coldest.

I worked much longer in the garden than I had intended. I had not been in the garden for days, I did not know when the next good day would be.

That night very heavy rain, thunder and lightning. It continued all morning. Luckily it eased off by late morning and I was able to head for Guildford for lunch and the farmers market (first Tuesday of the month).

The rest of the week, cold wet and raining. The weekend was very cold. Probably around 5 to 7 C maximum. Sunday was very cold. I popped out Sunday evening and it must have been close to freezing.

Monday I had hoped it would be dry. It was cold, then it started raining.

But it is May! It is more like winter.

Today I hoped it would be dry. But it had rained all night, the grass was soaking wet. I hate mowing wet grass, but it was getting long, had not been cut for a week.

It was warm and very humid. Slowly the clouds broke up and it turned into a lovely sunny day.

As the previous Monday, I worked in the garden much longer than intended.

Grass was mowed. Hard work when it is wet and it chews up the grass.

Bed for sweetcorn cleared, sweetcorn sown. Red in the bed by the fence, yellow and black by the front wall.

Beans sown, strip side of lawn, by lattice fence.

Runner beans var Scarlet Emperor.

French beans var Paralimni.

Cowslips are in full bloom, as are the bluebells in woodland area at the bottom of the garden. The patch of bluebells near the house, which have been out for weeks, will soon be over.

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