Back to the jungle

I’ve returned home to find the city turned into a jungle. The hops now tower above my head, the autumn raspberries come to my knees – and alas the stinging nettles and cow parsley threaten to take over. Amidst it all, I find that we have a visitor: this wasp was busy building a nest in the shed, sculpting a paper dome complete with honeycomb cells.

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Wasp nest in its infancy

The lettuce and beets seedling have been in for about a month and, protected by fleece, have pretty much all germinated. Alas the weeds have too. I uncovered the fleece to be faced with this:

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The seedlings revealed, before…

Two hours later they looked like this. In a month there will be chard, spinach, cima di rapa, beets, kale…that is, if the birds and the bugs don’t get them first.

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…and after


– Netted redcurrants and blackcurrants

– Uncovered beets/salad seedlings

– Massive general weed

– Moved courgettes and beans to harden off

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