Sunday, 14 April 2013

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As regular readers will know, I have wind problems. 

Last night it was howling outside. It seems that my garden has it's own microclimate, and not a welcome one. It's as though the wind roams the rooftops descending forcefully into the enclosed arena to whip up a frenzy among my unsuspecting garden furniture.

In the past I've had young pears downed from the tree, my table upturned and, most damagingly, my plastic growhouses thrown halfway across the garden in acts of anarchic destruction. Last year, I lost 2 months of growing which ultimately ended my harvest in a night of carnage.

So last weekend I finally decided to learn from my mistakes and got out the string to anchor my nurseries to the stone floor. The only slight challenge was finding suitable solid objects to tie them to. Thankfully I got lucky with rooted buddleia, rusty nails and a handy support column for the flat above, that allowed me to keep the growhouses in sunshine. And I did it not a moment too soon. 

This morning, I nervously peered out of my shutters, and to my manly delight I saw my handiwork had come good, my seedlings have survived and I feel one proud seed daddy. Take that Wincy Willis!.

But it wasn't all good news. Sadly, my duck took a hit.

So in case you're still taking risks out there and hoping the wind stays away, why not get out the scissors and string and let a different kind of Howlin' sound fill your day

1 comment:

frasermac834 said...

Dear hapless, I am (un)lucky enough to have a huge lawn to maintain. Windy conditions are good/bad in terms of lawn maintenance as they dry the lawn quickly, or bring fresh April Showers in rapidly. However, I have a cunning plan to reduce the considerable work involved in lawn maintenance this year. Meadow. Leave grass to grow, scatter poppyseed, viola iberis, amara, reseda and foeniculum. Cut an artistically erratic S shaped path through the middle, leave until September for scything. Does anyone else in the Hapless audience have experience of growing a meadow, any handy tips? Currently, lawn maintenance can take 1hr each cut and gather. This is time that can be gainfully employed elsewhere in the garden.

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I only feel hapless because some people make it look easy to grow 10 ft marrows or a banquet of greens whereas my courgettes got nabbed by killer slugs and I only got one raspberry. So tips and stories from people less hapless than I are more than welcome. As a disclaimer though, none of my comments should be taken as expert advice on which you can rely! © Unless stated otherwise, and with the exception of guest content where that guest retains copyright, all photos and posts are the copyright of Tom Carpen and may not be used without permission.