A breezy couple of hours in the vegetable garden

March 29, 2013

At last, a few hours working in our own breezy but dry vegetable garden.


There’s nothing like a rant, rave & wrestle with a vegetable bed full of creeping buttercups to clear the mind, or the satisfaction when the job’s finally finished!

Three beds have now been cleared of kale and sprouts stalks in readiness for the onions and root veg.

The barrow loads of pernicious scutch grass and buttercup wont be heading for the regular compost bins (don’t want them multiplying in there) but to the big heap in the corner of the garden.


It was lovely to get some help from our nine-year old too. She was looking for a job so I suggested she plant the garlic.

She read the packet, split the bulbs, spaced all the cloves ready for planting and marked the rows. She then exclaimed “when I grow up mammy, I’m going to marry a man who’ll grow our vegetables for us” slightly puzzled at her ‘traditionalist’ outlook I ask her “why wont you grow them all yourself”, “oh I’ll be busy doing something worthwhile, like rescuing wild animals or dogs tied to posts” she replied… hmm, not sure what to make of that!

planting garlic

Hope we get a few more dry days as lots more gardening to catch up on after the last wet or frosty months. How are your spring garden preparations going?




  • Reply mkconlon March 30, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    It is so satisfying to see a nice weed free bed! have been trying to do the same in our garden the past week too.
    Hopefully the next week will be as good.

    • Reply greensideupveg March 30, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      It was the only thing that kept me going towards the end and yes, heres hoping!

  • Reply ayearinredwood March 31, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I’m not even going to go there…. on does she not think you are doing something worthwhile???? You should get a man like she plans to! in fact so should I! 🙂

    • Reply greensideupveg March 31, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      I know, Margaret, I didn’t know whether to laugh at her innocent audacity, be proud of the ‘worthwhile’ work she wants to do or put her right! In the end I think I’m more bothered where she picked up the notion of my work (or growing your own) not being worthwhile. Think we may be having a few dinner table discussions over the coming weeks 😉

      • Reply ayearinredwood March 31, 2013 at 5:21 pm

        Ah no! We need people like her to save the world!

        • Reply greensideupveg March 31, 2013 at 5:35 pm

          and she was such a good help too! Think it was a bit cold for her tbh and she’s watched me weed for seemingly days on end. She was very keen to help though. Will have to encourage her to help more on sunny days. All the hard work’s been done now so the fun bits of sowing await 🙂


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