The poor old Tiny Farm seems to have gone to pot over the winter. The grass has rotted away, the weeds have taken over and even the fence is falling to pieces. But it’s not all doom and gloom. The fact that the weeds are flourishing means that Spring has finally sprung and it’s time to start growing again. And, with a nice long Bank Holiday Weekend, I’ve got three days to get my garden in order, starting with today!
My first job was a fairly simple one. Cut back some weeds! With the entire garden, including the paths and what was once a patch of lush green grass having been overtaken by clover, native bluebells, green alkanet and just about every other weed and unwanted wild flower imaginable, this wasn’t going to be an easy task.
The bluebells seem to flourish in this area which was once a bluebell wood and, lovely as they are, they simply take up far too much space in the part of the garden that I want to use for growing food. So, instead of killing them off completely, which would be a real shame, I decided to cut the flowers for the house and leave the bulbs in the soil for next year.
The green alkanet, however, poses a much bigger problem. While the flowers are quite pretty in a nice woodland setting, these weeds spread and grow like crazy and, with their prickly leaves and deep roots are a real nuisance in the garden. Tackling these proved to be hard work and the roots were too deep to remove completely, but after a lot of digging and a good dose of weedkiller, hopefully that will be the last we see of it for a while.
By lunchtime, I had weeded more than half of the bed so, after tackling most of the green alkanet, I decided to use the weed killer on what remained. Not the most ecologically friendly approach, I know, but the weed killer I chose is about the most eco friendly one I could find that actually works – although we’ll see in a week or so if it has had any effect or not.
I had to leave the garden alone for the rest of the afternoon to let the weed killer do it’s thing but tomorrow, all being well, I should be able to start planting some veggies in that nice clear spot. I can’t wait to get started!