A garden shredder would be nice, it would help alleviate the pain I am currently experiencing in my finger. Either that or some kind of gardening guillotine. The more I think about it the more the want becomes a need. I need a chopper.
My mustard cover crop grew a lot faster than I had anticipated or maybe it is time has passed by a lot faster than I had realised, after all it was about 6 weeks since I sowed the seed. It had burst into flower and was beginning to show the first signs of wanting to set seeds, so there was no time to waste. I had to do something. Having a bed riddled with mustard seed would be a nightmare for the next couple of seasons. They needed to come out.
Pulling them out was the easy bit as the soil beneath was quite loose from a season of hosting potatoes. But digging them into to the soil, now that seemed like hard work. Effort would be required. I really didn’t feel like expending too much effort so I decided to chop the stalks and scatter them across the bed and then turn them in. It seemed a much easier option. The easy option never is.
My secateurs were ok for a while but as the stalks were soft there was a lot of stalk mashing and wrenching going on. So I decided to use scissors. This is where I ran into a few problems. While the scissors soon snipped through a mountain of mustard, my poor wee fingers weren’t used to such a repetitive chore and I found myself not just with blisters but burst blisters. The impact of this has such a huge knock on affect as typing letters in the vicinity of the K button causes me to wince with pain.
But not one to let a little bit of discomfort stand in my way, I spread out my mountain of clippings evenly across my bed and tried to dig it in. I say tried, as the soil is so dry that with each turn the mustard just returned to the surface and the effort of digging that I was trying to avoid in the beginning was becoming too much for someone who didn’t want to dig in the first place. So I popped the sprinklers on to moisten the soil and I shall wait a day or two for the mustard to wilt and have another go. Hopefully my hands will have healed by then.
Come again soon – I think it may be time for the tomatoes to come down.
Sarah the Gardener : o )
Oh one last thing – if it’s not too much to ask… I have entered my wee shed in a Shed of the Year competition and would really appreciate your votes. I am currently in 7th position and the competition has 6 days left, and it is such a cute wee shed!
You can vote by clicking on the facebook link below, fill in your details in the pop up and vote for my shed.
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Thank you so much. I do love my shed.