10 May

An exert from Mr Middleton’s book ‘Your Garden In War-time’:


Now for a few jobs in the garden. May is an interesting and pleasant month but it is also a busy one, and among other evil things which come to enjoy its sunny days are the weeds. Weeds of every description, great and small, tough and tender; it’s marvellous where they all come from. Up to this year l’ve been fairy free of creeping convolvulus, or bellbine (bindweed), but now it has got into the gooseberry patch. If you want to punish anyone for being naughty, just give him an hour or two pulling bellbine out of gooseberry bushes, it should prove to be very effective.This is the time of the year to tackle weeds with a will, or rather with a hoe. Keep the Dutch hoe busy among the crops and never allow a weed to flower in the garden if you can help it. If you do, it means seeds and another crop of weeds. But unless the weather is very dry, the Dutch hoe is not very effective unless you follow it with the rake and take the weeds away. Just pushing them about with the hoe from one place to another and leaving them there, merely transplants them and they thrive on it.

He goes on to tell us that weeds growing on paths should be treated with Sodium Chlorate killing anything it touches but warns it is ‘rather combustable, so handle it carefully and avoid friction, or it may go off with a fizz‘!

I am sure l have still seen it for sale but from September 2009 Sodium Chlorate was takken off the EU approved pesticides list but maybe they have taken the ‘fizz’ out of it! Mal from Malsallotment asked me how l keep my paths clear round the veg plot. Well, l do it exactly the same way as Mr Middleton suggests. It is quite therapeutic. Much better than spraying with a fizz bang weedkiller although l do use RoundUp on the main drive,

Now we have had all of this rain it seems you only have to turn your back for two minutes and there are more weeds to pull. I might try making a salad out of a few and eat them just out of spite!

How do you keep your weeds down and does anybody have any recipes using weeds in salads?!


Posted by on May 10, 2011 in May, The garden


Tags: , , , ,

6 responses to “Weeds

  1. greg becker

    May 10, 2011 at 12:19

    Nice extract, the sodium chlorate reminds me of stories of exploding lawns.

  2. trevorhunt

    May 10, 2011 at 17:33

    Exploding lawns!!!! Please do tell……

    • greg becker

      May 10, 2011 at 18:55

      I have a vague childhood memory of someone sunbathing on their sodium chloride treated lawn and getting slightly more tan than they bargained for.

  3. Janet/Plantaliscious

    May 10, 2011 at 23:05

    Ah yes, the weeds. They are growing so well it is ridiculous. I don’t actually own a hoe, but paradoxically rather enjoy weeding. At least you can see the difference when you have done a patch. The only problem is that when I look up I see all the other patches I haven’t got to yet… And then a week later they are all back…

    • trevorhunt

      May 11, 2011 at 11:42

      Very true, but hey ho, the joys of gardening, are we all mad?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: