Piles of grass, most of it brown. This little work horse is my best friend right now. The growth is mostly down to below knee height.
I can now walk around much of the garden without being stung with nettles, prickled by thistles or covered in soldiers buttons so out comes the Hasselblad again. The light is really flat and it hasn’t been sunny for weeks but I really want to document the progress in photographs.
At some point in my future, these happenings will be my distant past, and the photographs will be read and interpreted differently by each viewer. But only I was there.
The whole of the growing area of the garden is infested with raspberries which had self seeded over the years from a bed of a really good tasting variety that sadly I don’t know the name of. So, freezer full with a bumper crop, raspberry jelly made and the canes now empty, we have begun to cut away the thistles in what I remembered to be the main growing area. invisible up to now, we have uncovered the original currant bushes now only growing from their tips having been smothered with tall thistle and other strong weeds for many years.
Concealed in 6 feet tall nettles along the west wall David Cowan uncovered a second iron tree support, the uses for which I was able to see from ‘Walled Kitchen Gardens’ by Susan Campbell. I now have two halves to make a whole support spanning about 6 feet in diameter and am wondering what to use them for.
We can now navigate our way around the edges of the garden and I have a clearer vision of how this is all going to take shape. I say clearer, not really clearer, just mixed thoughts about how to proceed not really considering the enormity of the work involved.
Having a helping hand from ‘The Complete Gardener’ by Monty Don, the enormity of the whole project hit me like a ton of bricks. I am so glad I didn’t think along these lines at the beginning or I might not have ever started this. But, if he can have a ‘Lime Walk’ at Longmeadow, I can have an ‘Apple Walk’ in my garden. And now I do.
We have begun to clear out the orchard uncovering the apple trees giving them some light and air. It is all so very wet but the trees are healthier than I had hoped for barring the extensive lichens on the smaller ones.
And the overworked garden tractor keeps going, leading out seemingly tonnes of garden waste.