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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Three hours spent digging this afternoon and the second swathe is now done. As this last corner of the bit I've done was where I had the heap and the bonfire there was a lot of rubbish. I had the fire here because that is where the previous plot holders had had their fire. I found lots more carpet, umpteen plastic compost bags, lots of metal bits and pieces, and loads and loads of small bits of a green plastic net. It took all that time to get the rubbish is done now.

I estimate that I have done over a third of the digging now.....and that includes the worst from now on should be plain sailing!

I intend to get it all dug once, removing as much weed root as I can, then I will use our little Mantis cultivator on it to reduce it to a "fine tilth"! Then I will mark up the permanent beds and begin my no dig experiment. The beds will be 3'6" deep and about 14' long....six of them altogether. I will just loosen the soil when I weed in future and not step on the soil at all.

I am a bit puzzled as to how I am going to do "firm" conditions for the brassicas. I expect walking on the beds will be required for that. I will have to research a bit more.

I'm thinking of doing straw paths between the beds...if I can get some that is.

Hopefully we will get a fine day with a north wind soon. Then I will be able to start burning all that rubbish shown in the second picture. Any other wind direction sends smoke all over either the Sports Club or the flats. I know if I lived there I'd get annoyed if there were lots of I am hoping to be able to do it without upsetting anyone.....! Probably a tall order!


At 6/2/07 10:40 pm, Blogger Sheila said...

Hi, finally made it around. I've been busy for a few days..and so have you by the sounds of it.
I remember digging out a flower bed beside a house we bought. It wasn't a new home,but no one had ever dug there before.I know because I removed enough rubble to build another house. At least that's what it seemed like at the time...!

At 7/2/07 9:20 am, Blogger clairesgarden said...

you sound well on in your work there! you ar puting me to shame, I have spread maure aound but have done no digging!


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