Hoeing: A manual method of severing roots from stems of newly planted vegetables

Now that the chickens are all settled, and the Toms are growing nicely, I thought it was about time to start clearing all of the dead weeds. Look how well they are dying off!

So off I set on my little bike with BonnieDog in tow and a bag of sprouting spuds which i got for 50p. I had hoped to get them in and break up the soil a little more for next year.  When I arrived, what did I find but more presents!

A big potting tray full of sweetcorn was handed to me while I was unlocking, with instructions to plant them in a square. I hadn’t a clue why, but if that’s what the flatcaps say then that is what I shall do! I cleared myself a little square and in they went!

Getting the buzz, I also put in my spuds. I hadn’t got a clue how to do this either, but I had done a bit of noseying at Mr AcrossTheLane and he had all of his in neat little trenches with piles of soil either side. I used a little bit of string in the hope that they would be in beautiful neat rows when they grew. If you ignored the rest of my plot, this bit looked lovely!

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Ignore the rest, this bit is pretty!

 

Later that evening I did a bit of googling on the layout of sweetcorns…
Apparently they are pollinated by the wind, so if you put them in squares it makes sure that all of the little ‘corns’ get pollinated and then turn into yummy edibles. If you plant them in rows, you could end up with some dry shrivelled up cobs with nothing worth eating on!

Every day is a school day!

Completely abandoning my structured “get everything ready before planting” plan, I then invested in some little cauliflowers and broccoli plants. I was far too late to grow these from seed and would try them next year instead.

This year is going to turn out as being a ‘tester’ I think. Try out what I get given or find cheap and see what I like, what works well and what plants are not my friends.

Fingers crossed!!

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So ‘rustic’

This year is going to turn out as being a ‘tester’ I think. Try out what I get given or find cheap and see what I like, what works well and what plants are not my friends.

Fingers crossed!!

 

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