The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
So the allotment is overgrown. It’s quite depressing. There is a lot to do. A week ago everything was fine. Then the rain came. Long awaited. The weeds took their chance. And it’s hard to decide where to start. The weeds seem to dominate; they bring you down.
Having an allotment long term can be a huge challenge. Sustaining your interest and your commitment. Overcoming problems, challenges, things that go wrong.
And then there’s the weeds.
They take up so much energy and time. They suck away your enthusiasm. They seem determined to undermine all your plans and ideas. They sabotage precious, fragile seedlings. They choke out established plants.
When you clear an area of weeds and feel satisfied. Within days they can take over again.
So how can we overcome the way the weeds make us feel? I’ve discovered a few really useful things. Here’s one.
Eat the weeds!
Pansies are a big problem on our allotment they grow everywhere they are prolific they’ve been there before we came in will still be there when we’re done.
And to make matters worse they are purple and pretty and you feel quite sweet about them. Recently I discovered that there are more flowers that you can make into jam and other foods and guess what?
The pansy is one of them!
I can’t even begin to explain how happy I was when clearing a late pansy ridden patch, knowing that the pansies wouldn’t be just thrown away all the effort would turn into harvest.
Then I spent an hour picking off the petals.
Nwo just add water. And soak overnight. The same process I used for the lilac flowers last week.
It went a beautiful blue colour.
Next stop dandelions! No weed is safe!
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