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, weed and moss killer were in order. Out came the lawn applicator, into the hopper went the granular product, and off I went ... wheeling the applicator up and down the lawn as the photographer snapped away.I was so enthusiastic to get going that I set
and mushy – especially on the allotment. Overnight my nasturtiums, courgettes, squashes and pumpkins perished. Their remains looked messy and certainly didn’t reflect my autumnal efforts at weeding and tidying. Poor Ron next door has lost his rows of cutting
problems on the plot in the past couple of years. They make their nests down the side of my raised beds which means I get attacked and bitten when I'm weeding. I know an ant bite isn't much to whinge about, but there are an awful lot of them and they seem
brassicas this summer. Steve’s almost perished in the onslaught. Mine, despite horrendous neglect, survived to produce some lovely sprouts – probably down to the fact that the weed growth masked the plants from the cabbage white butterflies' attentions
of successionally sowing lettuce seed. I usually start off well and then forget and they're all ready at one go. I'll try sowing them in stagess and planting out a couple of plants at a time this year.I must do more weeding!
I'm not a great one for going to meetings — there always seems to be something better to do. Weeding, reading or even cleaning are often more attractive options than going to a meeting. But this week the plot holders of Bathampton Parish allotment
view to nesting sometime soon. It would be great to have a little family to keep an eye on while I'm weeding.Although the soil is warming up nicely I'm determined not to sow seeds too early. It's easy to get lulled into a false sense of security
this may often be a weed, you never know what might pop up.And this is where self-seeders - flowers you love, and deliberately let go to seed - come into their own. By resisting the temptation to snip off every faded flower in sight you give some flowers a
It's been lovely to have some proper summer weather so early in the season. Everything seems to have started growing apace, both indoors and out. Weeds and wanted plants alike have been spurting upwards and outwards.It's a job to know where to start
'. The patch of phlox spreads ever wider; topiary does its best to undo my finest manicuring; weeds and other 'self-seeders' fill any space they can find...Note for diary, early June 2010: clip back golden hop before it smothers its neighbours!