(We’re rebranding from ‘allotment’ to ‘garden’… grounds accuracy.)

This week, Sunday’s horticultural activities mostly took place on Saturday. Lovely digging weather, and a bit of a hangover, decided the activity. Also, I’ve concluded that the proposed site of the veg patch (see last week’s edition) might pose less of a challenge if approached in sections. Plus, I only had about an hour to kill.

The patch is in a considerably under-cherished state:

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An idea at one point was to hire a rotorvator, to save totally crippling myself. However, as noted previously, this garden is beset with brambles, all hacked back to ground level now, but lying in wait just below the surface. The rotorvator would at best split the roots up, and this just encourages the wee veggie hydras.

Getting stuck in with spade and fork, one hour 15 mins later I’d managed this corner:

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…and filled the wheelbarrow:

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… with John Wyndham-esque knots of matter like this:

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The soil left needs a really good forking, and a whole lot of sieving, with masses of straggly threads and tendrils everywhere. However the turning revealed a superabundance of worms as well, which is really good news as regards the healthiness of the loam. It was also encouraging to see how the rest of the patch might not be so much of a mare as it threatens. And that’s the second cagey ‘might’ I’ve used concerning this section of the plot.

So, that was yesterday. Today I had a minor fire to dent the pile of dead privet and creeper up the other end of the garden:

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Note the shiny new fence. The pallets are earmarked to make a compost bin, so they didn’t get thrown in the brazier:

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No notebooks on this occasion either…

I also thought of something to do with the chunks of cement the neighbour unearthed while putting in the shiny new fence, and which I’d shifted over to the currently submerged mini-rockery:

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It occurred that it would be nice to use them to form a rough grid round the base of the blackberry plant in the corner, in which we could enclose a small herb garden… but occurrence was as far as it got this week.

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