I am sort of tempted to spray something poisonous to get rid of them, I know that some of my fellow 'allotmenteers' embark on chemical warfare, but I will of course resist. Organic growing isn't something that I really thought about, but I have never used weed killer because it does not feel right. I want to try and do what comes naturally.
I do have an excellent tool for the job however, the Cape cod weeder. It's a fantastic little device, it looks like little scythe. The tool cuts the weeds below the surface on the forward and back stroke, I also turn it on it's side and with the point, nick out the weeds that have grown right next to the precious plants.
It does not come cheap however, I paid £17.99. It's a De Witt tool and therefore extremely well made, and it was worth every penny as it makes short work of unwanted greenery, and does a really thorough job.
|Cape Cod Weeder|
However I am still on the look out for a long handled weeding tool. My friend said that she'd heard about something called a Swedish Hoe, so I Googled it. This proved not to be a good idea as things of a dubious Swedish nature appeared. If I had been looking for a hot tub with a Swedish lady my search would have been over immediately. Having inserted garden into the search, the response to Swedish Garden hoe was not much better, displaying only Dutch garden tools. Friend rang up in a panic, said she'd got it wrong, it was a Hula Hoe (I didn’t choose to delve into why she got it wrong).
I have located one but it only has a short handle so I will have to be patient.
|Job done (until the next time)|
Weeding is quite therapeutic. I think it is about seeing what needs doing, working methodically and looking back at what you've accomplished, even though it won't last.
And whilst you work listening to the birds singing, the leaves rustling and the occasional thud of an apple falling to the ground , today I had a Blackbird as a companion, a happy opportunist waiting for a juicy worm.
Even better than that I had my husband with me helping, and making tea.