2012年7月9日月曜日

just weeding

Some days when someone asks me what I was doing today and I say 'weeding' I get the feeling that they think that is a pretty poor activity list for an entire day.

Truth is though that there are many more days that should be devoted to weeding than actually are.

The garden beside the house is kept pretty manageable by virtue of proximity to us. The rice paddy is weed free thanks to the darling duckies.

The big garden where we grow the onions and potatoes is all of a 4 minute walk form here.

And yet it suffers just for that.

And so today I was weeding.

Just weeding.

Before shot*:

and After:

To the left is what I didn't get done yet. To the right is a long line of weeds. The few straggly bits of green in the brown swathe in the centre is all that is left of the onions. We planted the sets when they were too small and spindly and then left them to fend for themselves and well, I guess you get what you deserve, hey? On the upside the ones left look very healthy and strong.

Which is just as well as it was very hard to weed around them and about 50% got an impromptu transplanting during the weeding process so strong genes will be necessary!

*For the pernickety among us these are before weeding and after weeding pictures but technically not the same spot because I forgot to take a before picture. They are pics of the same row from diagonally opposite corners.

So, yes. When I say 'weeding' i think people underestimate the task. Maybe I should say scrub clearing or bush bashing....


1 件のコメント:

akatsukira さんのコメント...

Ah weeding; the bane of all gardeners!
(delurked to commiserate)

Have you tried a dutch hoe? It's a hoe with a large hole behind the blade, and it works really well at getting young, seedling weeds out of soil by just a push/pull action. (Can't help with full grown weeds though.)