Thursday, 21 April 2011

Digging, roots and raised beds.

I was up at the allotment early this morning and did a bit of digging, watered my plants and cut the edges of the grass path. I have learned so much from L especially about digging. When I first started I thought I was digging quite well, but nowadays I am doing it completely differently. L has taught me to mark out my patch and only dig little bits at a time, using the fork to sieve weeds and stones. When I started I wore gloves, but I am tending not to now.

I also make sure I can see the edge of where I am digging...


As you can see I am a lot tidier now than when I started...


So... this is what my beds look like now...


onions and garlic


potatoes somewhere in there


green manure


lettuce and carrots at the front...honestly.


This is what I dug this morning and out of this little patch I got 2 buckets of stones and roots like this...


The good news is that today we took the mammoth step of ordering and taking delivery of m'wood for m'raised beds. How exciting is that?? I have to admit that I am suffering huge amounts of mickey taking from friends and family about this whole allotment thing. Allotments are seen as a rather aged thing to be involved in, but I am forging the way ahead.... in the future allotments will be seen as young and glamorous!!

5 comments:

rowan said...

how cool is this! I love seeing the process and the beginning of the fruit of your labor! I am building a container garden this weekend (5x2) it's little, but it's a start! I'm planning on doing carrots, arugula, basil, and mint! But Garlic! I think I'll do garlic too! how fun! Well, Happy gardening! keep up the great work! :)

Gail said...

Wonderful progress!! There is nothing quite as satisfying as working with earth and plants.

Sarah said...

Hi Rowan! How are you?? Do post a photo of your garden when its done - I'd love to see!

Hi Gail! You are quite right! It is extremely satisfying! xx

The Kid In The Front Row said...

Great blog post, BUT, judging by the pictures, I am convinced you have buried a dead body there.

sarah at secret housewife said...

Hahaha... now that, Kid on the front row, is for me to know and nobody to find out...