You know that line from a song that Noel Coward sings, "Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun"? Well I reminded myself of it today. Went and played in the vegetable garden, clearing out the old roquette, and putting in cos lettuce, celeriac, dill, coriander, vietnamese mint, and marigolds. The lower bed looks very good now.
|This is the lower bed. Marigolds in foreground, bracken fronds protecting the seedlings.|
You may be wondering, what on earth bracken 'umbrellas' might be. Well bracken is a ground cover with course fronds that grows in bush woodland areas. We have quite a bit in the bush part of our garden. It is very hardy and the cut fronds last for four or five days as umbrellas for the seedlings when it's very hot.
|The bracken is growing on the right of the picture.|
I'm quite pleased with my rhubarb patch this year. We've had a few excellent batches of apple and rhubarb with breakfast, or served as a crumble.
|In the foreground is a comfrey plant which I grow for healthy compost. The rhubarb is behind.|
I put two snail traps out. We avoid using poison so as to protect the blue-tongue lizards. Instead the traps are partly filled with beer. The slugs and snails fall in and drown in a glorious malty stupor. Sounds good anyway. The traps do work but need consistent attention. Let me know if you'd like to see a photo of a blue-tongue. Mrs Blue lives under a rock near the terrace and has had young ones each spring since we came here.
|The trap with a good head of beer. It is sitting in the soil, then the lid goes on |
with a slit for the slimey ones to crawl through.
Hope you enjoyed this little view of the gardening slice of my life. More on paper art on Wednesday if not before.