Empty bed syndrome

It’s like empty nest syndrome, but annual. Actually I think I just invented it. It’s that feeling you get when you have to accept that a raised bed, that has been filled with some glorious summer crop, is now dead. Deceased. Fallow. An ex-bed.

It’s the moment when you pull on your gloves and prepare to rip out whatever it was that filled your plate all summer and turn the soil in that bed, ready for the next crop.

I hate it. I am so sentimental that I tend to do bed emptying on days when OH is not around, so that I can be a bit silly about taking plants out ‘gently’ if they’ve been really productive, and leaving them to rest in the sun for an hour or so, as a little holiday, before putting them in the compost bin.

Yes, I am a bit insane like that.

So tomorrow is empty bed day for the sweetcorn, and I’m aiming to get to the plot early in the morning so the corn plants can have a day’s rest in the sun before they enter their last darkness in the evening. Also, that way I get to do the taking out bit and don’t have to be there at the end of the day when OH will merrily bash the woody sweetcorn stalks with a mallet to encourage them to decompose quicker. It always seems a bit like bludgeoning an old friend to death.

While the bed is empty I shall dig in some well-matured compost (possibly containing the remnants of previous sweetcorn plants, which is a bit cannibalistic) because I shall use that bed to plant out some seedling radicchio in a few weeks’ time.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Friday, September 3, 2010


Anonymous allotments4you.com said...

I feel the same way when I have decimated a crop and then know that I have to take out what is left and again have the bare earth.

I did take out some calabrese today though which produced absolutely nothing so I quite heartily massacred it!!

September 3, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

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