The Land Rover Owners Wife


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Vegetable patch Mudlets

The Mudlets planting farm peas in their patch

The Mudlets planting farm peas in their patch

Saturday I pulled the last of the cauliflowers from what had been the winter garden, weeded the newly vacated patch and turned the top couple of inches to loosen it. Now I had an empty 3 foot by 2 foot patch of earth and I needed to work out what to do with it.

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Roots, no shoots, some salad and a lot of weeds

New netting protects my carrots, beetroots and lettuces

New netting protects my carrots, beetroots and lettuces

Today was Mothers Day in the UK and as such, I was freed from the challenge of cooking the roast dinner. No that particular ….. errr …… ummm ,,,,,, pleasure (?) fell to Mud and I was able to nip out into my garden and do some serious garden therapy. Blissfully unaware of the culinary dramas unfolding in the kitchen (a too big leg of British Lamb which didn’t fit even our largest roasting tray and a clock everybody had forgotten to put forward 1 hour, so Muds’ timings were all skewed) I was able to spend an enjoyable couple of hours sowing seeds and generally messing about in the vegetable patch.

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Undercover Crops

Kohl Rabi, Lollo Rosso and Chicory (Radicchio)

Kohl Rabi, Lollo Rosso and Chicory (Radicchio)

A few weeks ago I planted out some of my greenhouse seedlings into one of the raised beds and covered them with two layers of netting. First there was the ‘inner’ layer which was a solitary piece of enviromesh which we had bought a few years ago but Mud didn’t like the look of the white netting against the greens and browns of the garden, so it had been consigned to storage. This netting was then covered by the usual ‘greenhouse shading’ type netting that covers the beds containing my root vegetables and is a much more aesthetically pleasing dark green. Continue reading