The wooden pallets near the tractor are one of my compost heaps. I also seem to be collecting baths for growing my vegetables in. The baths just have a few holes drilled in them, then some stones are carefully placed in them along with lots of soil and FYM. Not the carrots though, because FYM makes them fork. The raised beds also keeps the carrot fly away. Apparently old Mr and Mrs carrot fly don't fly above twelve inches or 30 centimetres if you work in Metric?
Everything seem to be growing well at the moment including the weeds. My only problem at the moment is a bit of rust on my garlic in the bath. Did you know that the rust that attacks vegetables is the same rust that corrodes metal? Anyway. You will notice I am an untidy gardener and I don't believe in using any chemicals on my piece of Eden - my veg plot. This week I am going to have a weeding blitz because the weather forecast is not so bad..
The rushes are growing again in the field and I will either strim them again or perhaps even spray them? There are also quite a few clumps of buttercups, nettles and brambles. Blackberry leaves are supposed to be a great tonic for farm animals. You can get sprays like MCPA that are said to kill all the weeds but don't kill the grasses. I read the other day that there are even organic weed killers for sale that you can spray on your fields????????????.
Organic farmers use tractors to keep topping the rushes. Even this method surely must kill insects and news and toads and frogs...? Also you're polluting the air and surrounding environment with diesel fumes. What do you think readers? Should weedkillers be banned, and is there any way of farming without spraying or
topping with tractor machinery?
Yes I have had a go with a scythe and goats don't (won't) eat rushes. We also had a donkey that ate the thistles and then dispersed the seeds when he did his ablutions. So now I wait until July then I go down the fields with my Machete type slasher and murder the thistle plants. Who cares about a mad axeman when there's a thistle killer on the loose?