So, it’s spring DownUnder and my thoughts are turning to gardening! It doesn’t matter that I’m a brown thumb, I like to try. There’s something very therapeutic about getting down and dirty in the garden.
I’ve been digging a garden bed and, rather than buy seedlings, I’m trying out some zucchini seeds. The packet is waaaaay out of date (2004!) so if any of them sprout, it will be a bonus – and if they don’t then I can always resort to seedlings from the nursery! I figure it’s a win-win!
Like a lot of things, I know one of the secrets to gardening is to do a little bit often and keep on top of it. Needless to say, I’m a binge gardener and tend to do a massive amount infrequently then spend several days afterwards groaning from the aches.
Anyway, I have a terrific excuse for the garden being completely feral at the moment – we’ve been away for three months!
So today, I’m asking for your gardening tips – especially the ones that make it easy, easy, easy!
In exchange, I’m sharing my secret weeding weapon… this is it…
It’s a bot-egg knife. You use it by stroking across the horse’s hair in the direction of growth. It’s quite sharp and sort of shaves across the surface to pick off the eggs that the pesky bot-fly has laid.
Those groves and ridges make a great serrated edge for pushing through soil and roots to sever the crown from the most luxuriant weed. And the hook at the end is an excellent lever to loosen tap roots or to drag weeds from between pavers.
So, got any gardening tips you’d like to share? Any other secret weeding weapons out there?