The other day we experienced a respite from the endless rain, at which point I noticed our garlic patch had become rather overgrown with weeds:
Garlic (and other alliums) don’t really like having competition, so I decided to take advantage of the brief sunshine and nip those weeds out. Usually when I do this task, I just get in with my hands, but I felt a bit dainty that day and took a fork with me:
I brushed back some weeds and exposed the soil underneath, and then shoved with my fork to push the roots up out of the ground.
Sometimes I used the fork face up, and sometimes face down.
I also used the fork to scrape away at the surface: this made it like a mini-rake and meant I could spot where the main weed stems were, much more quickly then normal. I also ended up with way less dirt under my fingernails. Yay!
It wasn’t long before my garlic plants were liberated:
Later in the afternoon, I went out to feed those weeds to the chickens, and I discovered some cheeky cockatoos in the yard.
I also ran out of onions in my pantry and needed one for a recipe, so I hunted about in the broad beans bed, and found this guy:
That’s the best leek we’ve ever grown! It made a highly delicious lentil burger patty, let me tell you.
Leeks (and alliums) aren’t supposed to do well in the same garden bed with the legume family (broad beans included). I don’t think it affected this leek very much!