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Decision time in the garden

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Do you know what this is? No, well I’ll tell you….this is what it looks like when the slugs officially win. I hereby officially declare that I have given up on trying to grow lettuces in my garden. I have lost about a zillion this year to the pesky little monsters and I GIVE UP. It just isn’t worth it. It is way easier to walk round to the farm and buy a lettuce which doesn’t look like it’s made of lace and bring a lot of little friends with it. I don’t use slug pellets around the area where I’m growing food – because I’m sure they can’t possibly be good for us, but in a wet summer like this one, it really is clearly impossible to grow salads without them.

So I’ve decided to change one of my vegetable beds to a fruit bed. I already have blackcurrants, which fruit really well, so I’ve invested in two more plants, a redcurrant and some rhubarb. I’m going to stop trying to grow veg in my shadiest bed and put the berries in there, with a nice wood chip mulch to keep the weeds down. My neighbours have planted a couple of big trees on our boundary (illegally, but we really don’t want to get into that discussion right now – believe me, I’d be here for a week telling you about it!) and the shadiness makes the veg bed next to them useless, but I think berries and rhubarb should be OK. At least I hope so. And I really, really love blackcurrants šŸ™‚

Our neighbours did recently take down one tree. It was leaning right over our patio and after 18 months negotiation the grotty old pine is now gone. I’ve bought a beautiful clematis to grow over the new fence that has been put up. I love clematis – and haven’t had anywhere to plant one up till now, so hopefully next year I’ll be able to show you some beautiful photos!

Now it just needs to stop raining so that I can get everything planted!

Helen

2 Responses to “Decision time in the garden”

  1. Rachael (Tales from the Village) Says:

    I’ll have some of that rain – our allotment is parched, and the flowers in the garden just can’t get going. But I can’t grow lettuce either! It just gets eaten, or bolts. I managed one tray of baby leaves for salad, then I gave up.

  2. Chris Says:

    First off let me state that I am not a gardener. My idea of gardening is shoving a bunch of bulbs in the ground and letting nature take her course. Now my hubby on the other hand…I do love the fruits of his labors. But here in South New Jersey which supplies the state with the moniker “Garden State” not so much luck. The heat has been unrelenting and nothing is thriving. The upside is the slugs have disappeared completely.

    I hear you about the neighbors. I have the same thing, almost the same issues. Armed stalemate is about the best way to describe it.