There is definitely a scorched earth policy in my garden. After nearly three weeks away almost everything is dead - except the weeds, of course! Along the front of the house they have grown hugely - especially the little thistley ones - and it is not a good idea to go along this part without your legs protected!
I'm very against using chemicals in my garden, so a friend suggested I use a little blowtorch to burn them off. It was a good idea, but I felt I might be weeks on my hands and knees dealing with the current crop of weeds.
Enter (ta-ra) the Garden Torch!
This little beauty is connected to a fair size gas bottle, and reaches the ground without you stooping, so I went out and bought one.
After I'd assembled it from the usual no-text instructions (and with the obligatory one piece left over) I set to work. (Incidentally I'm pretty sure the left-over piece is an alternative nozzle).
It is slow work, but it seems efficient. Here's a before picture...
...and here it is afterwards:
I've been working with extreme caution as there has been no rain here for weeks and everything is parched. Today is a little windy, and I don't want to be responsible for setting the Limousin alight.