Friday, July 20

Entering the Jungle.

It rained most of June...though we were lucky enough to be in Spain for some of that...
and then it has rained most of July...
oh and of course we couldn't garden when we were in Spain...
and so now...
...we have a jungle in the back field part of our land!

This is the result of two hours on a meter square bit of the herb garden.
Now I know that in some ways this looks rather attractive...lush and green...and to those followers living at the moment in a dried up and dusty wilderness...I'm sorry if you think I'm moaning.
The slugs and snails are so big that they have smaller slugs and snails doing the housework for them.
I have even heard that they have come all the way from Spain after hearing how good the takings were around our parts!
The Times today had a good article on how to get them ready for the pot watch out you slimey things!
Anyway...I'm knee deep in the green everyday...skipping the showers and hauling the soggy undergrowth up to the old wheelbarrow.
But...the other thing is that some of the plants have grown to twice their size and I suspect that they have been coupling with some triffids while we were lounging on beach beds in the sand.
These are the cardoons last year...

probably around 4 feet easy to see the tops of the flowers...

...this year... I can't see the tops of anything!
They are at least 8 feet high.

Ahh! looks like it might rain in a minute...maybe there's a golden goose at the top of these and it will lay me a golden egg....stranger things and all that!


  1. Gardeners are a bit like farmers; we're never happy. It's always too dry or too wet, too lush or too arid. I've just resorted to using my sprinkler, as it's so dry.... no doubt that'll make the wretched weeds grow even quicker.

  2. Amusing post, but full of interest as well. Love the suggestion of slugs and snails heading for the pot! Don't think I'd get the idea past Doreen, though!

  3. Our vegetable garden is lush but pretty lacking in good produce, in spite of it looking so well earlier in the year. The strawberries are under constant slug wars, the raspberries, although netted, are being stolen by the black birds, the broad beans, which flowered so well, have few actual pods on them and the peas are so slow to fill out that the plants are dying back. We have yet to see a flower on the runner beans or the sweet peas. The only thing which has done well is the salad greens and we are eating them every day.


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