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Over the last 24 hours I have seen my energy levels slowly creeping back up. I was so fed-up of being stuck in bed all week, and felt completely starved of fresh air, that I took advantage of a spell of sunny weather yesterday afternoon and headed to the bottom of the garden.
My goal: clear the pea bed. I have been very pleased with my peas this year. They are undoubtedly my favourite vegetable and I have enjoyed podding the sweet peas from their crisp pods for the last couple of months. Finally, they have come to an end. I have been holding off clearing the bed to allow the remaining peas who had started to wrinkle to dry out. My intention: to save them for planting next year.
So yesterday I spent about half an hour pulling out all the old pea plants and saving any remaining pods that I popped in my basket.
Below are four pictures taken at different stages of clearing the pea bed:
1. happy peas growing earlier in the summer
2. peas dying back and me starting to fill the wheelbarrow with the old plants
3. the bed emptied and almost a basket full of dried pods
4. newly prepared bed planted with some late summer crops
N finishes at lunchtime on a Friday, so we have spent some time this afternoon finishing off the pea bed. We raked it over, added a couple of bags of donated soil that we had left over, dug it in (there were loads of big fat worms!), and raked it again.
Once the bed was prepared, we planted seven rows of late summer crops – we shall see what grows and what doesn’t: rocket; wild rocket; oriental saladini; spring onion guardsman; lettuce marvel of four seasons; spinach matador; and lovage.
We have covered the whole bed with some pea netting in a bid to keep the nasty fat cats off it. Last time I prepared a bed and carefully planted a neat row of carrot and basil fino seeds a fat cat used it as his toilet the following night. I was not impressed!