Wednesday, 20 July 2011

A job and a half

Tuesdays weather was a big improvement, warmer with some spells of sunshine and just light mid morning shower.

I’ve been putting off digging our winter brassica bed for a while now, hoping for some rain to soften the dry rock hard soil up a little. I don't think that’s going to happen so as my plants are on order I couldn’t put the clearing off any longer.
Last summer this bed was filled with potatoes and a selection of sunflower weeds. The potatoes didn't produce much of a crop maybe due to being crowded out with sunflowers. Part of the crop didn't get lifted and was left in the ground over winter.
In spring the bed was full of foxgloves all self sown so with plenty of other jobs to get on with the foxgloves were left to their own devices. At the height of flowering they looked very attractive.

Now the foxgloves have finished the bed was left with a mixture foxgloves, fennel, teasels and plenty of weeds all needing to be cleared to allow the bed to be dug and to settle before our brassica plants arrive. The ground was hard and very dry.
After removing many barrow fulls of weeds the bed was at least clear of vegetation.
The task remaining is to dig over the bed. That’s easy to say but I reckon it’s going to be a tough job. A day of rain would do much to help but that doesn't seem to be in the forecast for the next few days. I feel some more hard work coming on.


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