Thursday, May 17, 2012
My gardening shame
It's an absolute jungle up there. In the foreground you can see a mint bush that threatens to take over. Why, why, why, did we ever plant mint in the vegie patch? The darn thing just won't go away, and spends its life waiting for opportunities like this to insinuate itself everywhere. There are also basil bushes gone to seed which I think I'll save, and radicchio as well (actually, this has quite a pretty flower).
Elsewhere its a mess of tomato bushes dying off, dock, chickweed (I have read this is edible - if anyone can verify this, it would be appreciated!), dandelions, kikuyu. Only the rhubarb is in good nick.
Since taking this photo, I've started to clean the patch up. I have to admit, it is slow going, and at the moment seems a bit like climbing Everest. There are just so many weeds!
The other thing is that I'm not sure what I'll do once the weeds are removed. Being May, it's too late to sow winter veg, and too early to sow summer veg. I need to get some garlic in though. Apart from that, I thought I would sow some green manure seeds - but then I read Peter Cundall on the subject, and he warned against too much nitrogen, especially for plants like tomatoes. Our tomatoes this past summer were not a big success - part of that was the crazy weather, I'm sure. But we got lots of leafy growth, so maybe I shouldn't go the green manure. Confused? Yep, so am I!
The question is - green manure or not? Any thoughts would be appreciated.