Preparing the ground

We’ve had an incredible week of sunshine, and I’ve been taking every opportunity to get on with jobs around the garden, preparing things for spring planting. Here’s a quick update on what’s been going on…

Making new beds… I have a number of these in progress around the garden:

  • A couple of ‘straight on the grass’ no-dig beds at the front of the cottage (I’m proposing to make this a cut-flower patch). I had deadened the grass with black plastic, then removed it to add layers of ‘soil improver’ and top soil and then raked in some of my wormery compost. I then covered the lot with the black plastic again while I work out what to do next!
  • As you may remember from a previous post, I’m adding edging beds all over the place (I’m not 100% sure what I’m doing here, but the black plastic is down and the grass is dead. No going back now. I’m slightly filled with dread that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew, but it always looks awful at this stage. Faith!).
  • Another ‘work in progress’ is a pertinacious feat of Inca ingenuity, as I convert a small stretch of steep slope into agricultural terraces (might be for fruit, or other permanent plants that won’t need uprooting and which will help ‘fasten’ the soil to the slope). I’ll have a full post on this project in a later post.
  • I’m in the process of setting up temporary summer ‘beds’ of potato sacks, and large containers for sprawling plants (courgettes, cucumbers, tomatoes etc), making use of the sunnier parts of the gravel drive and back yard of the cottage. Conveniently, these thirsty plants will also be near the tap, and outside the back door, so in theory I won’t forget to water them.
  • Then I’ve still got the ‘wild’ patch to sort out, but I might just let that go wild by itself this year. I think I’ve got enough on my plate as it is.
  • Oh, and where am I going to plant the cherry tree? agghh!

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