One of the consequences of our late mild period of sunshine and showers is the joy of rampant weeds bursting through the soil, the gravel, and the paving of our garden paths.
Martin spent the morning beginning by tackling the Shady Path.
He will be moving on to the gravelled Gazebo Path;
the Heligan Path with grass piercing piles of fallen leaves;
solanum petals speckling autumn leaves on the concrete patio
and the opposite end of the Heligan Path;
random greenery overhung by a fallen hollyhock on the Oval Path;
both ends of the Phantom Path,
and much more.
This afternoon Becky and Flo took a mother and daughter trip with Ellie and pram in Lymington High Street, while Jackie and I took a forest drive which I will feature tomorrow.
We dined this evening on the Culinary Queen’s wholesome chicken and vegetable stewp with fresh and butter. I drank more of the Malbec and Becky drank Diet Coke.
I’m not sure if you are luckier with your garden or your local workers. Both are wonderful.
We are blessed with people of skill and integrity, Pat. Thank you very much
Martin must have knees of steel to kneel on the gravel! Or I’m not seeing how he manages it.
Never mind! On closer examination, I see he has cushioning under his knees.
Thanks a lot, Doug. I see you have now seen the kneelers
Have you ever used a weed killer on the pathways?
Chemical weed killer, John? I guess there are some mild weed killers but the dangers of most weed killers are linked to leukemia and other cancers as well as poisons the earth – hmmmm
I used Roundup for twenty years in doing commercial lawn work. I am cancer-free and use it around my home in sparing amounts. No worries. Earth will be fine…
well I am glad that you did not get cancer and hope it does not come knocking on your door.
my neighbor used roundup – and he was healthy until he wasn’t – and looked so good –
then one day – diagnosed with leukemia – and died six months later
his drinking alcohol likely added to a depleted liver and who knows that MANY factors that lead up to someone getting cancer – but all cancers relate to a problem with the immune system – and then toxins also play a role – as does sugar – (and the bad industrial seed oils like canola)
anyhow, three things come to mind
1) even if I was cancer free – I would still pay attention to research studies (and law suits) that show a correlation to cancer and a product –
2) the chemicals and toxins are not just about us staying cancer free – they have a devastating impact to the environment – check out Dr Zach Bush to learn about endocrine disrupters and the earth ad all that
2)some toxins will sneak up later – like the guy my aunt babysat – a smart engineer who got Parkinson’s in his late 70s –
toxins accumulate in the body and if it were me (not saying to do this John) but if it were me and I had used roundup all those years – I would do Niacin flushing daily to rid some of the heavy metals and other toxins
and I would also consider doing an “EDTA” cleanse – (takes less than a week) to remove the potential gunk from work, life, and food.
and I would also stop using round up because the logic behind “I have used it and I am cancer free” does not mean that it is safe or good for human exposure or for the earth
3) please take a few minutes to consider the serious impact these chemicals (esp Glyphosate) have on the water, air, and ground
the convenience of going for a quick spray now will cost future generations because it accumulates – and leads to developmental disabilities in children and hurst the bugs and bees and birds. etc
and even though China is doing more damage than most countries combined as far as toxins go – I do believe the little things we do can add up
— and John – thanks for your reply – but I was just surprised that you were quick to suggest that someone use spray so quickly –
plus – a little bit of weed pulling can also be good exercise as it uses the body and can clear the mind –
sometimes the good old fashioned “actions” help us –
I know a counselor who has her depressed clients clean their bathroom – and most of them adit to feeling better-
there is something about moving the body (as I am sure you know) that makes it healthier-
here is the link to Zach Bush
from that post:
IT’S OUR EMPOWERED DUTY TO EDUCATE OURSELVES REGARDING OUR FOOD AND HEALTH, AND SHIFT OUR ROLE IN THE CONSUMPTION OF THIS PLANETS NATURAL RESOURCES.
Some people use a mix of vinegar and salt with mixed with water, but I’m concerned about what this does to the worms underneath. I’m impressed that Martin is doing this by hand which is the best.
I agree, weeding by hand is always beat. My mother loved gardening so much and did her weeding with gloves on. I never thought about using the mix you mentioned, it does seem like it could do some damage below.
thanks for the reply – and I hope my comment was not rude –
I have just seen too many folks use chemicals too quickly –
and hot water can also work to remove some weeds
and I wonder if a little raking would work on gravel where the weeds are extra loose?
either way – it sure can be tiring to pull so many by hand – and I actually hurt my arm from too much repetitive use during my garden years – I was doing everything with the same hand – and I pulled something in my elbow – and so after that healed I did not want to injure it again – it so I alternated hands and pulled less weeds – or pulled them with tools –
like loosening a dandelion weed with a tool made it 90% easier to then pull by hand
Yeah, your comment was very much in my face but that’s okay…
I don’t think your comment was rude. I’ve learned to pace myself and switch hands while pulling weeds. Wearing gloves helps, too.
Great! And switching hands sounds great
And for me – I have gone to mostly containers and then use thick layers of mulch around the few shrubs that are left – and the best thing is to catch the weeds small – before they root around
One year I was so exhausted and fatigued and busy – and I walked by small sprouting weeds for weeks until I got to removing them – it probably took four times as long because I put it
Anyhow – earlier this year we had Japanese knit weed (I think) blow into our area big time and every day I removed about 20 or more small starter weeds
And each time I was out there pinching out the small one inch starter –
I smiled to have the time and energy (remembering that depleted season)
I also try to stretch the hamstrings or squat when removing weeds to get a mini stretch
joAnna, thanks again for your comment and thanks to John for his
I know what you mean about letting things go. After years of having dogs, we went through a doggie dry spell for a few years and let the wild things take over. Now that I have a dog with high prey drive, I’m working hard to thin out the habitat so i can watch him better. Good idea to squat and stretch instead of just bending over.
Oh enjoy your dog life again! We are enjoying our pups so much
And I was thinking of this post and comment thread again this week when the Joe Rogan podcast featured a farmer and animal caretaker named Will Harris (podcast #1894) and me Harris noted how he got away from using Roundup and said that he is battling a weed right now that is a little tough to get rid of organically – and he insists NOT to use dangerous roundup but if he did use it – he said the weed would be gone in a “breath” – but he is being patient and paying more to find a natural way!
Will Harris also shared his journey with understanding more about the INVISIBLE dangers of some herbicides and how he has changed so much since leaving college in the 1970s! Anyhow – a great espouse and more support for the dangerous herbicides and the sad way so many minimize the consequences
– anyhow – not judging anyone and never want to be rude – but sometimes speaking up has to be done because the dangers are real ….
Sometimes the quick and easy way is not the best way.
Well said and hope you (and others ) have a great week
Thanks. I hope you’re having a great week, too!
Only along the broad back drive. Thanks a lot, John
The forest is your kingdom, Derrick and Jackie.
Thank you from us both, friend, Michel
There is beauty in all of the seasons of nature and your photos capture that beauty!!! 🙂
I am reminded that there is beauty in all of the seasons of our lives, too. 🙂
I was just talking with a friend about how we may look, and feel, more like a winter-tree than a spring-tree these days…but we must remember even winter-trees are beautiful, valuable, and needed. 🙂
I love your “…solanum petals speckling autumn leaves…” photo! 🙂
YAY for Martin and his good hard work! 🙂
(((HUGS))) 🙂 ❤️
PS…I spotted an owl! 🙂
Thanks very much, Carolyn. That was my favourite, too. The garden is quite an owlery. X
It looks as though autumn has arrived for your garden, preparing for the long winter’s nap.
Thanks very much, Liz
You’re welcome, Derrick.
Weeds are the bane of every gardener’s life!
Thanks a lot, John
A job well done Derrick… and nothing seems to stop the growth of weeds but back breaking hard work, until the next rain showers Lol.. <3
Have a great weekend both of you <3
Thank you very much from us both, Sue X
Many a winding path Derrick … my path shall lead me to Drysdale on the Bellarine peninsular today, and I’ll be driving myself there, … only 40mins away, but a long trip for me.
I hope it went well, Ivor. Thank you very much
A very interesting day, and I sold 3 Tullawalla books
Paths are a never ending source of work for the gardener.
Thanks a lot, Tootlepedal
Thanks very much, Jill.
The stew sounds good and I assume the weeds are easy to remove because they are so new –
But wow – seems like a bit of work
The soil is also looser now, Yvette. Thanks very much
Beautiful close ups! Good job, Martin. Mother earth appreciates you doing this by hand.
Thanks very much, JoAnna. That is how I did it. You may remember I have twice fallen off a chair.
It is hard to get up from the ground. I’m glad Martin is there to help.
Many thanks for taking us down your garden paths. So pretty, especially the white petals on the leaves.
Thanks very much, Laurie. That was my favourite, too
There are days of weeding to be done in my garden – all satisfying once completed, which makes the effort worth while!
Yes. The path Martin did yesterday looks really good. Thanks a lot, Anne
With the autumn rains come the weeds and grass. For them it is spring again after the summer drought. I am glad you and Jackie have Martin to help you.
Thank you so much from us both, Lavinia
The weeds are never ending here, we barely blink and there they are again.
Thanks a lot, Sue
Weeds! I guess the mild weather does have its downside.
Thanks a lot, Sheree. Due to continue for another week
Wow–quite a job for Martin! But remembering how dry it was, it’s nice to see the green, too. ?
A ton of weeds. That’s what I call ‘job security’ for Martin!
Beautiful leaf pictures.
You can see autumn approaching.
Excellent pictures, Derrick.
Thanks very much, Rabirius
Ah, weeding, the gardener’s torment.
Thanks very much, Bridget
Oh my – so much weeding work!
Thanks very much, Dolly
The warm weather means weeds and more frequent lawn mowing than anticipated.
Indeed, Andrew. Thanks very much
Such amazing and beautiful photos Derrick . I love the pics of the little donkeys and ponies. Thank you for sharing this. Have a great weekend ???
Hi Derrick, our rains have started (with a few downpours, not that I’m complaining) and we have the same problem with weeds springing up overnight. Our gardener is also very busy trying to keep them under control.
Many thanks, Robbie
Hard work but so well worth it! Luckily you have the right help ? Gorgeous photos!
Thanks very much, Ribana