Sunday, February 27, 2005
"Garden Claw Gold"
Claw in Action
Weed Wand Trial (1)
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Today I got a bag and a half of Red Baron onion sets in and covered them with fleece. There are a couple of rows of Garlic at this end of the bed, again sown today. I filled in the end of the bed with the overwintering onions in it with a bit more garlic today as well. The overwintering Garlic was a white variety from Robinsons, but today's pink from near Stannah.
I plan to plant some more onions in a week or so to see what difference if any it makes. I also have some shallots to get in soon. I will groundcover the far end of this bed and grow something through it as it has convolvulus in it at the far end that I can never quite get rid of. It comes from under the grouncover over the rasberries.
I had quite a job getting out the tubers of the Chinese Artichokes when I was cultivating this bed. Considering we never had a decent crop from them there seem to be a surprising number left in the soil!
Left Hand Side
This shows the view along the left-hand side of my plot. The bed covered in plastic was "bastard trenched" in the Autumn in readiness for Pumpkins & Squashes when the time comes. The bed beyond that is next up for repair, after that the Broccoli etc., and the finally new bed in front of the table is just visible.
Golden Garden Claw (Results)
More of the same...
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
New Bed (Complete!)
Staples: Are they up to the job?
I made some running repairs to a couple of the old beds by nailing spare bits of mill board to overlap the bottom section where soil was falling onto the path. The extra groundcover is folded up behind the board ready for tucking under when I get round to replacing this bed. You can see the join around a third of the way down from the top of the bed. I did the same to the bed on the other side before wacking a bag of wood-chip down.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
It's Nearly Finished!
The new bed is nearly finished. I've been trying to decide what to grow in it and I think I might cover it in groundcover and use it for Sweetcorn, possibly interplanted with squashes.
The theory is that the corn stems cast a mottled shade to help stop the squash wilting in the heat. In return, the squash leaves shade the roots of the corn. This is how the native Americans arrange things. I just wonder whether it would be simply too many holes in the groundcover.
I tuck the groundcover from the paths underneath the beds to keep the weeds confined as much as possible. The final step here is to staple the top of the groundcover to the bed sides to stop soil falling down between the plastic and the plank and making its way onto the paths.
As things stand I still have to find the right staples for my staple gun.
The Next Job?
Monday, February 21, 2005
Bed Renovation (Progress)
As you can see I've at last made some real progress on the new bed. It has taken several hours to get to this point but I'm nearly there.
I hope the first is the worst and that they will get easier. If anyone was doing a time and motion study on me they'd have given up and gone home. Check my progress here.