I have been busy weeding the cutting garden. I don’t actually mind this job as long it is straightforward – just keeping on top of things rather than clearing a patch of ground that has become over grown. Or worse where you can’t tell if there should be plants in the patch or they gave up long ago. So although I am – or should I say was – a laissez-faire gardener, I do usually manage to keep on top of the weeds at this time of year. Bit like housework – a little often is better than letting it build up. Although I find the results of weeding last longer than housework – that is why I would rather be in the garden with a fork than in the house with a cloth, with the excuse that it is important to keep on top of the weeds!
Lesson number one learnt over the first year of my local flower venture – these are in no particular order:
Stake plants before they need staking – yes, I know this is common sense and everyone knows it, but does everyone do it when they should? The problem with growing flowers for cutting is that flowers that have blown over quickly end up bent and dirty so are no use for cutting. I would love to have a supply of hazel twigs to make attractive supports rather than canes and string – another reason I have not staked as much as I should. Do people sell these or do I need to grow a hazel coppice too?!