Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Haddock's; the shocking truth.




Haddock's is languishing in its regular end-of-Summer state of disarray.

It's the same every year. Guests arrive, time is at a premium, we're too busy having fun, and the weeds take over. 

Where I grubbed up the beans, and lifted the onions (either side of the carrots), I've managed to do a bit of rotovating, but the rest of the plot is affreux. 

In the foreground (rt) the butternuts are doing well, and also in the forground (lt) the Chasselas grapes are probably better than ever. The rest is thriving, but so are the bloody weeds; I really must do something about it.

All the grass edging areas want mowing too. Today (now yesterday) I'm bottling tomatoes, so things will simply have to wait. 

Unless I install floodlighting, I simply don't have the time (I suppose I really shouldn't be indoors writing this; I should be out there weeding). My only excuse is that it's pitch black outside!

Go on; tell me your veg garden is just the same!


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27 comments:

  1. The hours, days and months all go far too fast. I just can't keep up.

    How did the blood test go?

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    1. It went OK thanks. Just one extra pill to take, and I have another test in 3 months time. I'm quite relieved.

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    2. Is that an extra pill for the diabetes - doesn't sound good.

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    3. No, just one pill for the diabetes; an extra to add to the other 3 I take for being too handsome, too intelligent, and too amusing.

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    4. Glad it is only the one for diabetes. I take 3 as well - one for hayfever and my GP insists I take a statin and aspirin although I have cut the aspirin down to every second day. Hate taking pills.

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  2. You will be delighted to know that mine is just the same. I blame the rain.

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    1. I'm more honest, Rabby; I blame my laziness (although at the moment I'm blaming the rain too)!

      Just back from walking dogs; no mushrooms yet.

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  3. Mine is the same. If you want couch grass ("Twitch") and other weeds. Just give your veg plot lots of good old farmyard manure. It always works for mine. At least you produce lots of vegetables and fruit. Unlike people who just grow grass.

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  4. When we worked an allotment there was a chap who chose not to weed that often, his crops were amazing. He just used to tidy up every now and again. We on the other hand kept ours weed free and our crops were sometimes miserable.
    So I shouldn't worry.
    Briony
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  5. I used to detest weeding until my friend Dil asked me to keep them for her hens. Now I know I am preparing a treat for her sweet chooks, I don't mind doing it.
    When I take my bucketful to them, she tips them over the fence and the hens go crazy, running, grabbing, dropping, chasing and clucking loudly. It never fails to make me smile.

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  6. Yep, mine is just the same. I start every season with such great enthusiasm and about now it just withers away..
    Next year it will be different though. It will.

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  7. Sort of off the point, but there are still swallows flitting around here in Bath, and it is getting quite cold.

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    1. Nippy here too, but I'm still in shorts!

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  8. Everyone's in the same boat I think Cro, along with the rest of the garden. It's my least favourite time in the garden ....... it will soon be time to put it to bed for the Winter.
    Lovely to hear that all's well on the health front. XXXX

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    1. Thank you J. The only advantage of late summer/early autumn, is lighting bonfires; I do enjoy a good bonfire!

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  9. I think it's pretty much the same everywhere. The gardens are looking bedraggled, and overrun with weeds.

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  10. Don't have a veg garden but the few bits of flowers are suffering a weedy population and even the lawn has a few evil heads popping up.

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  11. Our vegetable garden is a fright too. I blame it on the mosquitos. I went out to fill the bird feeder and had half a dozen of them on my legs and a cloud of them around my legs. These tiger mosquitos are not native and are active all day.
    The city fogged a day or two ago, now I can probably go out without donating a pint of blood.

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    1. Hello CD. I've no idea where you live, but here in France we've had almost no mosquitoes, and no hornets this year; so I can't even cast blame on THEM.

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  12. I laid down this orange plastic that I got from Burpee that is supposed to increase the amount of veggies and cut down on weeds. It did both. I will remove it at the end of the season, try to clean it up and reuse it next year. It is only practical for smaller gardens like my four raised beds.

    Please don't judge me about my use of horrible plastic as I am trying to save my back from the pain of bending over. I am not as nimble as I used to be.

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    1. Sounds good to me.... but why orange? It's my most dreaded colour!

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    2. I don't allow anything orange to grow in my garden also. However, in the past few years I have relented a little and put in peach and salmon colored flowers. That is as far as I will go.

      I have no idea why the plastic is orange but it is from Burpee and I am sure they have their reasons.

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  13. I bet mine is worse than yours but as the time will soon be arriving when I have to give it up I'm not too bothered.

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  14. And now I feel a whole lot better after reading this post, Cro. Actually Haddocks looks pretty good. Weeds and hedges are a bit of a nightmare here as well - it's tipping down with rain as well, but I'd choose having family and friends to stay and a bit of a holiday as well over the garden any day.

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  15. I am clearing bosoms. Tomorrow!

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