Coun­try Mouse

Plot­ting and plan­ning

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

OVER the course of the early May Bank Hol­i­day week­end, I braved the heat to do bat­tle with the weeds that were quickly over­tak­ing our veg­etable plot. Although the as­para­gus that my hus­band, Si­mon, had trans­planted from one of the flowerbeds (where, bizarrely, it had been thrust­ing sky­ward) was do­ing well, to­gether with the onions, pota­toes and run­ner beans he’d planted ear­lier in the year, the other veg­eta­bles were be­ing smoth­ered by vo­ra­cious in­ter­lop­ers.

As the sun beat down and the mer­cury rose, I huffed and puffed as I tugged at but­ter­cups (I’d never realised how dif­fi­cult they are to pull up), wran­gled with dan­de­lions and yanked out what seemed to be end­less yards of bindweed and sting­ing-net­tle roots from the dark, crumbly earth. Even­tu­ally, af­ter hours on my hands and knees, aided by sturdy gloves that pro­tected my fin­gers from this­tle prick­les and vi­cious net­tles, I fi­nally man­aged to con­quer the weeds.

Now that an­other Bank Hol­i­day has come and gone, the broad beans, peas, cauliflowers, sweet­corn, cour­gettes and pur­ple-sprout­ing plug plants —bought from Sher­borne Cas­tle Gar­den Cen­tre and dug into the ground one evening last week— are flour­ish­ing thanks to the re­cent del­uge of rain. All we need now is the sun­shine back. PL

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