Taking The Pea?


My fault – of course.
Been part of a working party up at the site this morning: clearing rubble from the place we are going to build raised beds (for people with some disabilities and, perhaps school/community groups).
The weather forecast had not been good, but it stayed fine; large blue skies, little wind and no rain. With nine turning up to lend a hand we made good time. Moved pallets, black plastic sheeting* that has kept the ground beneath marvellously weed free, bricks, slabs, timber and a shed (the roof in one go, the door next and with “sedan-chair” handles nailed to the sides of it the four walls and floor in the third lift). Clever thinking and the people to do it, that’s cooperation.
We were also able to cut a long length of the inside of the hedges. The parish council are responsible for the outsides and tops of the hedge, plot holders for the insides.


Then a quick inspection of our own plot: Lots of small apples on the trees now that the blossom stage is past. The newly raised, raised bed is looking established. It is much higher and that feels a little strange at the moment. The potatoes I spent most of yesterday earthing up still look a little battered, but they usually do – and soon recover.
Peas seem to be recovering from the pesky little beetles (?) that take bits out of the young leaves, turnips, pumpkins, squashes, lettuce all looking settled and flowers on the broad beans … before coming home for a lamb dinner. Dessert? Rhubarb from the plot and custard.
I then started to talk about going back up to plant a second row of peas … if it didn’t rain. Less than thirty minutes later, a sharp wind moved in, bending the buddleia and escallonia hedges and shaking the small-leaved lime tree in our back garden.
Three flashes of lightning and fistfight punches of rolling thunder!
Then heavy-artillery rain, flooding the gutters on the house as it fell so fiercely. The sky so greyly overcast.
So … no planting peas then**.
But, on the bright side: the space is cleared and that feels very positive. We have plans for Finning Caterpillar to send a machine and driver up tomorrow to do some earthworks, moving soil, levelling and setting out the site. It will be good to get the work done as it has been in the planning/talking stage for a long time already.
Now, just hoping that, if I keep quiet the weather will be OK for our organised trip to Gardener’s World Live on Saturday.
*Builders sheeting: I would now recommend this for use as a ground clearing method: it clearly worked on this site.
** Actually, just back from shopping, the weather looks good – just saying – maybe I’ll go and throw a row of peas in.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by beeseeker on June 13, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Up-date: row of peas planted 😉


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