I managed to cut my hand quite badly on some bamboo today. I was trying to clear space for the plum tree, but the bamboo won this round.
When i do stuff like this i get a bit worried about being on my own, how i’d get to the hospital etc etc but luckily the cut wasn’t so deep.
Bamboo is a worthy opponent.
So I’m back in town and haven’t posted anything since July, wow how times fly. (Although i do have some stuff to fill in also). Sadly now the heatwave is over, we just had two days of solid rain and feels like it’s the time to start thinking about winter. This caught me on the hop somewhat since i thought the forecast was for a warmer than normal october. Normally i start to use the stove in november, but i already used it at the weekend when it was wet and damp. [Reminder to self – get the carbon monoxide monitor hooked up again]
Today i was in the garden, continuing the plan to clear some branches to get more light into the house for winter. Actually a small tree had fallen over next to -but not onto- the greenhouse, so that was lucky although i kinds hate that greenhouse now. Anyway i prepared it for winter, tidied the rucola and put the panes back on again, we’ll see if they blow off again. I should have put a big polytunnel there. Maybe that’s a plan for next summer… or maybe not, I quite enjoyed travelling this summer.
Fallen tree after
The poor plum tree is now totally dwarfed by the bamboo so i was hacking away at that for a while.
Plum after.. hmm if anything it looks darker
I also took some branches off the evergreen nearest to the kitchen stove pipe to avoid unwanted forest fires once i start using the stove again. I would love to chop down these evergreens down the side of the house, they are totally hanging over the canal. It would be such a major job but there would be so much more light for the house and also as the trees grow more, the shade increases and it gets so damp! It’s interesting how my views on this have evolved since at first i didn’t want to cut anything in the garden and let the chaos unfold, but now i see land stewardship does mean making choices.
Looking around today i can see that if the apple and plum trees are going to survive they will need help. They were dying when we got here because of the brambles, now they are threatened by all the trees around them being 2-3metres taller.
For example this ash which i trimmed back a few years back now has 4 metres higher with new growth! And also next to it you can see how dense the bamboo is becoming.. the bamboo is now something like 6 metres tall now, it’s crazy.
The pond has .. dried out. All part of the ongoing drought.
Wow this is amazing … i played minigolf at the beginning of june and commented on some little bamboo sprouts.. one month later the fuckers are taller than me!! That is incredible, and hard to show in fotos, but now i have incontrovertible proof with my own eyes of how fast it can grow. TWO METRES IN ONE MONTH.
Sadly the use of lasagne levels simply created slug breeding grounds and everything got munched.
So i went away for a month, leaving all the little frogs jumping around in the garden and two basil plants, peas, beans, squash, courgette planted out.
And when i came back it was all gone. Nice.
The rucola is the only thing that survives. I guess coz the slugs don’t like it.
The guys came and took down the tree today .. in like 20 minutes which seems scary fast…