The Riddle and the Plan
This morning, I started my day with a riddle in the garden. Londoners can chorttle at the schoolboy humour and the rest can read on, unaware that they were assaulted with toilet humour in the very first sentence!
I’ll be honest; I’ve not been a happy gardener in the last few days. The time has come to start propogating, and the beds are behind schedule! I was faced with a choice of two failures, one major and one minor.
The minor failure option was to buy in topsoil. I could fill the beds quickly and be ready to go. However, it would mean paying out for soil I already have, and Hill 49 would still stand, defiant in the face of my back-breaking toil. Okay, the soil would still be there in the future, but I think that the space will be needed for overspill planting!
The major failure option was to continue working on Hill 49, but accept that Bed 3 and Herb Bed 1 would not be ready for Spring. The process of taking the soil from Hill 49, removing all rootage, removing all stones and then putting it through a garden sieve the size of a Polo mint is slow. I mean it’s properly slow.
There had to be another way, a way to do the work properly but faster, and this riddle led to … a riddle! The above pictured item was knocked up first thing this morning. It took 30 minutes and cost £12 to make. I probably could have done it for less, but time wasn’t on my side so I just paid for the bits at the first asking. The mesh cost a whopping £6, but the end result is a significant advance in turnaround time on Hill 49.
Will I get there in the end? It’s tight, but I’m less pessimistic than I was!
Currently, the Master Plan looks like this:
Broad Beans, replaced with Winter Cabbage in summer
Swede intercropped with Bekana
Celeriac intercropped with Spring Onions
Leek intercropped with Rocket
Mooli Radish intercropped with Lettuce
Salsify intercropped with Summer Radish
Pink Fire Apple
SOMEHWERE IN THE GROUND:
Rat Tail Radish
Munchen Bier Radish
Black Krim Tomatoes
Red Cherry Tomatoes