Sunday, July 17, 2011

Grasping the Thistle

This weekend I realised it was time to tackle the garden again.

The herb garden is looking pretty lush and green. Sadly, the rabbits ate most of my new plants. We didn't even know they could get in through the double-layered fence until the cosmos, knautia, verbascum and verbena all disappeared without a trace. Sigh.

But the foxgloves have self-seeded to great effect to fill the gaps between the mounds of lavender and thyme, which don't seem to interest the bunnies. I still need to do some weeding, but it's almost respectable... which is lucky because the nearest Steading is "to let" again and this garden is right by their front door.

My weekend weeding energy went into the second veg garden. This is the "before" picture.

If you look really hard you might spot a courgette flower in among the thistles...?

Yeah. I grow a mean thistle crop.

Clearly, the farm labourer just turned the earth over when he dug it - these thistles had vintage credentials, with roots like carrots. My style of gardening involves removing the weeds altogether, and I don't get paid for it!

Here's what was left when I had finished.

Pathetic, huh?

I don't think we will be giving away any spare courgettes this year!

But the broad beans are still going well in Veg Garden Number One, along with FL's potatoes.

We won't starve after all! ; )


ashley0107 said...

Wow, that must've taken ages! Looks like you did a great job :)
Ashley x

Paula said...

We have tons of thistle, but with 10 acres...we have no way of getting rid of it all in the back...we keep it out of the vegetable gardens, but it's a battle for sure! That is one of the MOST irritating weeds!

Debi said...

wowza! That must have been sweat inducing...thistles are tough--especially when they have the huge roots!

RooKnits said...

Would you like me to send you some courgettes? :o)

christinelaennec said...

Wow, you have done well to vanquish so much of the national emblem! Those courgettes may yet surprise you, they can be very productive at the end of the summer (as long as the rabbits don't like them?). Your foxgloves are beautiful and the bees will love them. I hope you get some very nice neighbours.

Sandy said...

Eeyore, of WTP fame, used to eat thistles... I wonder if they have any curative powers? They didn't do much for his general view of life, but he kept his stuffing together. Just a thot.

Roobeedoo said...

Oh Sandy - what a brilliant comment! You can imagine the adverts can't you - "Hold your stuffing in with Scottish Thistles!"