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This Too Shall Pass

It’s been a long time coming! My first head-cold since 2019 knocked me backwards for a few days. I took to the bed, drank plenty water fortified with whiskey, and let the magic happen. During this time, I read about a vertical Basil farm in Scunthorpe that produces half of all the UK requirements. To clarify, it produces half of the UK Basil requirements. Despite advanced technologies, it can’t sort out the myriad of other supply issues. In particular, it’s a big problem producing all that Basil and not having lorry drivers to bring it to where it’s going.

I know I’ve had too much whiskey when I start imagining ways to fix the UK. On a smaller scale, I have no such issues with my garden. All is moving along nicely. Temperatures have been mild, daytime rainfall low and I’d be forgiven for thinking it’s early Autumn. Perhaps I’ll have a wee drop in the glasshouse later on.


The large Dahlias are beginning to look very shook, but I’m going to leave them until the frost gets them. As they are, they definitely will not go through the shredder.


The bottom front branches were just too heavy and cracked. I’m not surprised really, such is the abundance of flowers. Again, I’ll be waiting for all the leaves to drop before pruning it back hard.


Viburnum tinus, planted this time last year, is settling in well. This was put in to add another evergreen corner during winter. Admittedly it’ll be two or three more winters before it matures fully.


I’ve still got some lettuces growing under the kale. Why waste the ground between plants? Not quite on the scale of vertical farming, but its a small step.

I’m making plans for next year. I’ll be sowing lettuces, scallions & spinach much closer than the recommended spacing, with the intention of harvesting the in-betweeners first. Yes, I know I’ve explained that badly. Please visualise an in-betweener salad.


This will be my first foray into getting my seeds from mainland Europe. The German catalogue is still tucked away under a few garden magazines. October is too early, in my book. I’m including it here this week just to remind myself that November will not be completely dull, as I decide what to grow for 2022.


Planted this time last year, Cotoneaster Queen of Carpets has grown well. It will spread to one metre, so I’ll meed to keep an eye on it. Also, it’s started to climb the wall. That’s no bad thing as it’ll help to hide it. There’ll be some trellising going here next spring.

Footnote: nothing cures a common cold, not even Jemeson whiskey. However, against all the odds, I keep trying for a breakthrough. I’m at my best when I’m up against it.

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  1. lisinmayenne

    Hope you’re soon feeling better, it’s good that someone’s prepared to do that all-important whiskey research! I’m all for in-betweeners, it’s a great way to garden – the least bare earth and more food the better, I reckon. 😊

    1. Pádraig

      Thank you, Lis. My veg patch is small so needs must. Also, growing closer together I tend to harvest a bit earlier and so the taste is great.

      1. lisinmayenne

        Got to love a win-win! 😉 No UK seed orders forr me either, it’s a crying shame what Brexit has done for British seed companies and their customers but I bet you’ll have some fun with the German catalogue – looking forward to seeing what you choose! These are a couple of good European companies I’ve used

        1. Pádraig

          Oh thank you very much for the links, Lis. I’m dipping into Jelitto online but they do not sell vegetable seeds. Very strange indeed.

    1. Pádraig

      Yes wow indeed. An experiment in light pruning last year!

  2. fredgardener

    Good recovery, here too the seasonal viruses come back (which changes us from the Covid…)
    When you are better, take advantage of your garden: luckily, autumn is a slightly quieter season. Very nice fuchsia !

    1. Pádraig

      Thank you, Fred. I’ll be happy to go slowly!

  3. Paddy Tobin

    Níl leaghas níos fearr! Lean ort!

    Is féidir na “Deoiríní Dé” a ghearradh siar go láidir, rud a dheinim gach bliain.

    1. Pádraig

      I’m comforted by such certainty, Paddy!
      Certainty too about a hard prune of the Deoiríní Dé. Haven’t heard the phrase before.

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