Hi hoe, hi hoe, it’s off on holiday Amanda goes

14 Jun
Volunteer David collects fallen holly leaves

Tidy: Volunteer David collects fallen holly leaves

Alison and Jean tackle the weeds
Hoeing: Alison and Jean tackle the weeds

Amanda’s volunteer team have been keeping me company for the past week, while she’s been on a well-earned break at home with her family. Work hasn’t stopped though, just because she’s been away.

The team have been busy hoeing the heritage vegetable beds as the weeds are suddenly flourishing. Because we’re fully organic, conventional weedkillers are simply not an option, so thank goodness the volunteers are happy to hoe.

When it comes to garden pests, we’re equally principled. We use a range of organic options, including the wonderfully named “nematodes”. These microscopic creatures love nothing better than munching on those pesky slugs who’ve been making the most of the recent damp weather.

As for the aphids that have been trying to colonise all our lovely plants, a soap spray does the trick. Amanda says if you want to give it a try, there are lots of good brands available on the internet.

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