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In the Pocket Handkerchief Garden: 4 June 2015

04/06/2015

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

There have been big changes afoot in the Pocket Handkerchief Garden this week.  Most notably, we weeded. We being me, with some haphazard assistance from Pip while Elma took an uncharacteristic post gym-class nap.  And yes, in my level of gardening, weeding is a big deal.  It was at least in part necessitated by the storms we’ve seen run through these past few days which brought down a few little branchlets and scattered them all over the garden.  And while I was down there clearing those out we had a go at picking out the things I know definitely to be weeds.  There were a couple of casualties but the garden has mostly remained intact.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

The spinach is getting its second set of leaves and the rainbow chard is doing its thing in patches.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

And while the seedlings grow merrily away, revealing just how haphazard the planting can be when you let a four year old and a two year old do it (hint: clumpy!) I have some questions for everyone out there who knows far more about growing things than I do.

1. The strawberry plants.  They all seem to be growing very nicely and if they all survive the birds we might even get a supper’s worth out of them but one thing I have discovered is that what I thought was one strawberry plant is in fact two.  We planted them four years ago and against the odds they have grown where others failed.  So, given that I have these two nicely squished up against the side of the bed, and a bit of space beyond, do I move one of them into a new spot now, or wait until the fruit has come and move it in the autumn to be ready for next year – or just leave it alone because strawberries are resilient?

2. I don’t know what a sweetcorn seedling looks like.  At the moment we still have a lot of bare earth in the sweetcorn patch but there are two candidates for possible sweetcorn germination.  Do you think either of these could be a sweetcorn coming through at last, and if so, which one:

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

3. In doing the weeding I think I have discovered why we may have some patchy seedlings and next to no sweetcorn.  It’s ginger, it says “Meow”, it belongs to our next door neighbours who seem to leave it outside whenever they are out or away and it appears to consider my vegetable garden as its personal litter tray.  The children don’t like it because it once climbed into our house through the landing window and I am going to be very unimpressed if I can’t let them be hands on in the garden for fear of putting their hands into something that isn’t soil, nor will I be very keen on eating anything grown in the vicinity.  Short of a miniature electric fence, how do I stop a cat from defecating next to the spinach? Are there flowers that they hate or something like that or should I set H to designing a cat proof child friendly fence?

And by way of thanks, and to brighten up your Thursday I leave you with this:

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

My assistant gardener has apparently been trying to taste test the mud again!

Joining in again with Soulemama