Monday, March 31, 2008

The Plot Today


I spent three hours today clearing a new bed and forked over the smaller 7foot x 4foot bed digging out weeds and devil grass roots.It was suuny though and warm for part of the day.
Cat came up and rescued me after three and a half hours.I am too driven sometimes and would keep digging untill I cannot stand up!
The allotment is teaching me patience, and pacing myself.
I have four beds done, with the fifth marked out at the back.I want to get some more done tomorrow.


Maybe the warm Spring day has helped evaporate a little of the water left behind after three weeks of rain since my birthday.
The tarpaulin has been dragged back a little further.Over two thirds of the plot has been cleared and dug over.All the beds need lots of organic matter added to help the drainage and improve the soils fertility.
Cat took my photo on the left by the communal manure heap, and the water tap.
The clearing of two years wildness has been a slow process. Clearing, forking, weeding, then digging deeply.I am planning what to plant where when it is completed...
Maybe the middle of April I hope.

2 comments:

GardenJoy4Me said...

A lot of work .. but a great deal of satisfaction too : )
Joy

snappy said...

Hi Joy,The satisfaction will be when it looks finished.I started with a basic plan, but it got altered when Fran helped me.Im back with my own plan now.If I want to grow some nice organic vegetables than I need to clear the weeds, grass roots, and tap roots before anything will grow.Im clearing the way..
It is therapeutic.Cat said you are so patient with that (removing individual grass roots out of the clay soil by hand from one end of the bed to the other!)When the birds are singing and the sun is shining it is calming up there.It is also very quiet most of the time.