Willow Weaving 2

Last week I bought myself some leather driving gloves.  I didn’t buy them, as I’m sure you will have already worked out, because I intend to take up recreational motoring.  I wanted to have another go at willow weaving but without getting crop after crop, day after day, of very itchy weals.  (See Woeful Willow Tale.) Normal gardening gloves don’t really allow for the fine motor movements necessary to weave, thin plastic gloves would probably rip straight away and so the leather driving gloves.

I’m glad to report this time I had no allergic reaction to the willow.  I wonder if the allergic reaction last time was actually caused by the willow at all.  You have to soak willow for at least five days before trying to weave with it.  I toyed with the idea of securing bundles in the canal, but was a little wary of losing them so I stuffed bundles into the water butts instead. 

The project I set myself was to make a serviceable cloche over which I could drape horticultural fleece for growing lettuces as early as possible next year.  We’re still a long way off getting a greenhouse, so lots of improvising is going to be called for.  My efforts were pretty wonky and still big on the rustic charm!  But at least now I’ve got round the allergy thing I can practice and only get better at it.

willow cloche at Sustainable Living ProjectAt the moment my raddichio and pak-choi are growing in this bed.  The pak-choi is great in clear broth type soups with chinese spices and noodles.  The raddichio should be ready soon and just right for my home grown birthday salad in December. 

I also planted out all my Autumn garlic this weekend, which was fortuitous as there seemed to be quite a few vampires around!

vampires at the local pub

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6 comments to Willow Weaving 2

  • Oooo, you’ve inspired me. I have been meaning to start weaving a similar contraption for bird-proofing the brassicas. I plan on using olive suckers which are in abundance and pretty bendy but have yet to actually get on with it. You have motivated me, so thanks!

    ps, bit scary up there with you eh?

  • Hi Goo
    Cool willow weaving. You mentioned in your post not having a greenhous, one idea I have read about, but not tried out myself, is to weave a frame from willow, with some into the ground to grow and then to put UV trapping poly over the frame et voila! You have a polytunnel which when it is time to move leaves you with the foundation of a nice sheltered willow arbor/coppice. Don’t know if the idea is of any use but it sounded fun.

  • The cloche looks great – you may think it’s wonky but it looks pretty serviceable to me! I’ve never tried willow weaving and the idea of being allergic to the wands intrigues me – are you by any chance allergic to aspirin?

    Your plot looks so vibrant – we have nothing growing but spinach at present, we just harvested our Jerusalem artichokes, the last of the chillies and tomatoes and the garden is now looking bereft. Hope to get the garlic in soon.

    Thank you by the way for the wonderful comment you left on my Hampstead Heath post, I think that place is a very special one for many.

  • goo

    Definitely sounds fun, really you shouldn’t go giving me these ideas because there’s a good chance I’ll attempt them!

  • goo

    NO, Thank you Bird! Nice to see you here. We all need a Winter rest, especially our veg plots and no doubt you’ll be having a mad planting frenzy come Spring like the rest of us.

  • goo

    Hi, Mrs DB. Olive suckers sound intriguing and yes a little safer than blood suckers! Getting round to things is nearly always the most difficult thing isn’t it?

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