Feb 27th, 2014
Today has been another real ‘Goil’ day – this is what R and I call days where the weather changes rapidly. This morning the sun was shining and we went for a walk up to the waterfalls. By the time we got there it was hailing and over lunch there was a real downpour. But by 1pm the sun was shining again, and I finished digging out the first section of the vegetable bed.
This is proving to be properly hard work, but with the birds singing and all the new flowers open it was quite delightful. I think part of the area I have chosen may have been under the walls of the original lodge house, because I keep hitting stony bits which may have been foundations, and from time to time I am unearthing bits of pottery.
The plot at close of play looked like this.
I need to get a bit more organic matter dug in and then wait for the soil to dry out and warm up a little (we actually do have decent drainage) – then I can get the first early potatoes I am currently chitting into the ground.
In the meantime, things seem to be starting to sprout in the polytunnel – although a slug has got in somehow and has had a nibble at some of the radish leaves.
The rotavator has now been constructed (thanks to R!) and we need to get some petrol so we can give it a try out. It is massively heavy but it will have to be to deal with the other three sections which still have to be dug out.