A new type of gardening.
A dry and bright, but freezy day meant a dash to the allotment for a good long session. However, an awful truth dawned upon me. Despite my colourful and fragrant allotment having the edge (in my eyes) over the all-veggie plots, it did become painfully apparent that while the veggie growers were heaving great forkfuls of soil about, working up a head of steam, flinging earth this way and that, I was huddled on a pitifully small kneeler, poking away, a square inch at a time with an implement the size of a teaspoon. Blades of grass pulled SINGLY, whilst I am almost reduced to tweezers in some areas. Of course, if this was my garden, the weed pressure would not be a fraction as intense as it is on a public site with a bunch of other slackers who simply down tools when the last crop has been harvested, leaving a trillion weeds, all winter, to find their way into every single cranny and crevasse (including the nightmare of gravel).....in my flowery plot.
Anyway, being something of a slacker myself, I intend to embark on an experiment to simply allow the grass and weeds to proliferate....or at least, not work myself into a nervous breakdown dealing with them. I shall regard it as a dress rehearsal for the wood....where there is not a hope in hell of dealing with weeds there - have already decided to plant thuggish, but cheerful hooligans to compete with the plentiful cow parsley, campions, geum and betony (amongst others).
So, since the allotment is running down a bit anyway, I can roadtest future plants using their tough resilience as the main criteria for selection.
Anyway, who knows, I may be in the vanguard of a new movement. While wildflower meadows, native gardening and vegetables have all been increasingly popular, nowhere can I find images for the sort of woodland garden I am envisioning. Not simply a shade garden....and not using bark chippings with clusters of hostas and hellebores, carefully chosen shrubs and specimen trees.....I intend to have a wild and bosky woodland, just like prairie gardening or meadow gardening.....but in woods.