Slow painting

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

My weeds - glass


There's enough of it in the soil to count as a weed in my book. We've dug enough up over the years to make a patchwork greenhouse. Which is probably where it came from in the first place. Plotholders with long Edinburgh memories say that the site used to be a market garden with greenhouses, pre polytunnel era. I always work in the soil in gloves, because the shards can be invisible until they're embedded in a finger. This is the biggest one to date, tho.

13 comments:

Hilde said...

That's really a big piece of broken glass, I understand you always work with gloves :)

Jacqui said...

We are finding this at the crofthouse garden. The old chap before us used to use old car windows as cloches, and we are digging the pieces up a bit at a time - wearing gloves.
Thanks for your comment - sounds a very interesting book, and i will more than likely have a look next time I am on 'that' site. And yes - those are the Harthill masts. xx

Kris said...

So glad you are prudent with the gloves, Linda. Growing in glass can be a nasty business. Long ago I once knew someone who decided broken glass and ceramic in his beds would deter slugs. *ouch* I wouldn't work in those gardens for love nor money!

RobD said...

On my plot there used to be a greenhouse about 8 x 3m. I'm forever finding the stuff, even at the other end of the plot from where it was. I had a tetanus jab went I took it on as a precaution!

Jo said...

We've dug up loads of glass at our allotment too. I don't think we've had a piece that size before though.

Peggy said...

Hi Nic, we are continually digging out pieces of glass also, it seems to be one of the hazards of allotment gardenign.

clairz said...

I never used to like wearing gloves while gardening, but here in New Mexico I've learned that I don't want to be putting my hands anywhere without protection. Too many "interesting" inhabitants under those bushes!

lina@happy family said...

Oh...
Thank God you always wear gloves :)

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

Ouch! that is not something I would have thought of watching out for in a garden. Glass is quite a challenge if it is imbedded in the dirt. mucho cuidado as they say in spanish, be very careful

Croila said...

Jings, that's quite a hazard! Glad you spotted it before being cut by it.

I hate the feeling of earth up my fingernails so I wear gloves the second I venture outdoors ;-)

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Wow! It's wise that you wear gardening gloves!

Have you considered creating a mosaic of some sort using the pieces?

SandyCarlson said...

That must be something, coming across that glass all the time. What a story the earth tells.

Lancashire rose said...

You are one of the smart gardeners who wears gloves and I'll bet you wear strong shoes too. I think you should start saving the shards and putting them into some art project to display in your garden. Nothing like a bit of history.