I am going to jump over task number four on the list in favour of task five. I can justify it like this – Number four is to enrich the onion bed and get it all ready for them to move into, but I have to face facts – they aren’t ready for it yet they are still too little. Besides I have weeded the bed, so all it needs is quick fluff up and goodness added. It can wait.
I still feel a little nervous about my decision to delay starting this crop as I have never been this late with them before. In fact I’ve never been late with them before. But if you look at the grand scheme of things, this time in six months we would have only just got back from holidays and I would be facing a huge mountain of washing and unpacking and getting into the swing of the new year. So harvesting onions and garlic wouldn’t be on my mind at all.
I sowed the seeds almost five weeks ago and the packet says plant out in six – eight weeks, so as long as they are out before the end of July things will be ok. I hope.
So you can see – enriching their bed isn’t the highest of priorities, however taking one look at the raspberries and strawberries will tell you instantly that their place near the top of the list is justified. There was only one thing for it – to bump them up the list.
Armed with warm clothes and all my best weeding implements I set about the first stage of sorting out the raspberries: Finding them. There were so many weeds and in the summer I did the worst thing I could have done. To make it look nice, I actually just cut the weeds off at the surface and figured I’d sort it out in the winter. Well it’s winter and some of those nasty weeds, and in particular the dock, have such strong roots that, in some places, I have to dig everything up to get them out and then replant the raspberries. I hope they aren’t too damaged by my aggressive weeding.
The soil is cold and wet and the only advantage is the dock roots – once you get a hold of them – free themselves from the ground without taking all the soil with them. It’s almost like there is this herculean battle of strength going on as I try and evict them from the ground and then all of a sudden they just give up – without warning and just ‘pop’ out of the soil.
I only got one side of the bed done as the weather was kind of crazy. One moment the sun would be shining and it would be kind of warm – ish, and then this heavy rain would come out of nowhere, but not long enough to make you want to pack your gear up and go inside. So I spent quite a bit of time huddled in the shed waiting for it to stop.
Come again soon – despite sore aching muscles – I shall push on and clear that bed.
Sarah the Gardener : o )