Wow, its been a chilly weekend, but definitely starting to feel Christmassy.
I managed another 2 hours at No.27 this morning, luckily my family are superstars and all came and helped me get started.
My dad built a ladder out of some spare wood I had in the shed, so we could climb on top and nail on some new roof felt to make it water tight.
Next job was to put the lock on the shed, which was luckily just straight forward screwing.
It’s still needs some more work, but now have a safe shed to start storing things I need up there. Won’t keep my main tools in there though as I have been warned against it.
Time to start digging and weeding…
This was a full on family effort, its appears that the soil is wet clay soil full of weeds and couch grass roots, this job could take a while…what have I done?! haha. On the plus side, there was lots of worms which is a great sign 😊
We managed to get a section of just over 2m x 1m dug and started weeding, still needs raking and weeding through a few times to get it clear.
The above photo shows the size of the plot, especially as you can’t see the section we dug which is to the right of the gate.
Have got metres of weed suppressant membrane arriving tomorrow, so will get it down as soon as possible and leave it to start killing the weeds for me. Definitely need any help I can get.
Any tips welcome 🙂
Will be back at No.27 next weekend to do some more weeding and get the sheeting down.
10 thoughts on “Digging and weeding….Day 1”
You’re off to a good start, Annabelle. My top tip would be to check out Charles Dowding and his writing on the no-dig approach. It’ll save you a lot of effort and give you good results. Happy plotting!
Great mind think/type alike 🙂 I have started following him on Twitter and might add the book to my Xmas list.
Just been looking at his website, and I think what he suggests is what I had plan to do luckily…cover the plot in weed membrane whilst I gradually dig and weed all the beds in, cover with manure and leave until Spring for the weather and worms to do their job, then get planting..sound right?
This is probably the best link on starting things off: http://www.charlesdowding.co.uk/no-dig-growing/no-dig-growing-preparation/. The book is worth buying or borrowing, though.
Thank you, that’s the page I was just reading 😊 going to get the book too
Good luck with the allotment. I just got one at end of April and its definitely a work in progress!
Thank you Sandra, looking forward to the journey just wish the rain would stay away. I have clay soil so it’s a nightmare in these conditions. Fingers crossed I will get up there tomorrow! 😊
I’m really enjoying reading your blog.
It’s 5am on a Monday morning here in Queensland Australia and you are reading my comments on the other side of the world on a Sunday night. thanks for your ‘likes’
Just two gardeners !
Thank you Jean, I am so pleased that you are enjoying it and really appreciate you taking time out of your day especially at 5am, wow, to read my writings. It certainly means a lot to me!
It’s amazing isn’t it really, the power of these sites and social media means I meet so many wonderful and like minded people. Definitely puts a smile on my face.