They’ve gone. The ficus trees planted as a hedge at the back of the kitchen garden have been cut down; only the stumps are left.
I sense not just the trees nearby, and the surviving plants in the raised beds, will now be able to breathe. I can feel more air and more light in the whole of this section of the garden. It’s a weight lifted. Or maybe not…. Read more
I think we have reached the tipping-point. After a dismal year among the raised beds with poorer spinach and salad yields than previously, wretched tomatoes, inedible carrots and stunted beetroots – I could go on, but I will spare you the agony – something has to be done.
I guess that seen from above they look passable, netted against cats and larger insects (Ha! No chance!) and getting plentiful sun. But the surroundings indicate part of the problem – too many trees. Read more
Several of us are in therapy in the Jasmine Garden. The gardener, for all sorts of bruises, cuts and grazes; a number of citrus trees, for horrendous mealy bugs and other ills; and the powder puff tree, which may, in truth, be beyond rescue.
Yet the positive side is that I have been galvanised into looking for natural ways to combat the problems, using the produce of the garden. There’s an added spin-off: I’m delving even deeper, to make a new kind of cleaning agent that avoids the allergy-inducing products available on the market here.
The main impetus is Dowding and Hafferty’s wonderful book No Dig Organic Home & Garden; but the original inspiration has been an aromatherapist who practises locally, and who has adopted the natural approach in her own life.