Monthly Archives: May 2013

Weed Suppressing Fabric

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Pete faces a constant battle with grass over at the allotment. No sooner has he strimmed and weeded it all away so he can focus once again on the tasks of actually growing things for our own consumption than it has asserted itself once again. The petrol-powered strimmer he bought last year makes this immeasurably easier, though it still feels like a losing battle.

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So we’ve decided to give ourselves a small helping hand by covering those areas in which we neither want grass nor crops to grow (beneath the fruit trees and bushes) with heavy duty weed suppressing fabric.

This 50 metre roll cost about £50, so it wasn’t cheap, though it does feel far sturdier than thinner, cheaper weed suppressing sheets we’ve used in the past. The metal tent pegs Pete’s using to secure it to the ground are a bargain though – £1 for a pack of 10 from Poundland, and we’ve purchased several!

Slow Progress

But progress nonetheless!

I managed to get all the early potatoes in the ground before the end of April (just!), along with onions and beetroot.

In the greenhouse, the tomatoes are settling into their growbags and I’m rushing around trying to find enough containers to take all the chillies, peppers, aubergines and cucumbers that have all germinated with impressive success and are just waiting to escape their windowsill pots.

There’s blossom on most of our trees, the raspberries are waking up nicely and the currants and gooseberries are dripping with flowers too.

If I can just keep the weeds under some vague control, this year is shaping up to be a great one!