So moving on to what else we have been doing. Digging the potatoes up has left two empty beds on #145, which prompted much discussion about how we can more easily manage this plot. It has been hard work keeping them both going this season, especially
with the extra work in the garden at home in replacing the fence and repairing the back patio. The idea of grass paths is lovely, and if they were actually grass rather than mixed weeds, we might persevere, but currently the weeds just encroach on the actual
beds. Without clearly defined edges keeping the weeds cut as "green" paths without damaging crops is difficult, so .... we are going to use decking boards to edge the beds and landscape membrane to suppress the weeds on the paths. We do need to crack on with
this if the polytunnels are also to be erected before the cold weather begins. Talking about cold weather at the beginning of August seems a bit odd, but time does rush by when you are not looking!! The grass by the two gates will be staying though, as it
does look good!!
I also took down the pea sticks this morning, cutting up the haulms for the compost bins, leaving three beds empty... waiting in the wings of course are the rest of the leeks, Autumn onion sets, shallots and garlic, as well as the ten
broad bean plants for Autumn cropping, a packet of turnip seeds, and some Sweet William seeds saved from this year's plants.
Planning ahead is key if we are to eat from the plot throughout the year, and the plants growing from seed sown on 7th
July are now planted out into the mini-tunnel. If I can keep the rabbit out of there they might have a chance. I might utilise some of the small pieces of weldmesh to make a brrier across the doorway ....... worth another thought.