Autumn Soil Preparation
The weekend so far has been far more work than the laziness of making my animation last Sunday. This afternoon we took a trip to the local garden centre and returned with the winter veg seeds making me all enthusiastic for digging.
Having seen Monty Don do it, and partly because the patch which used to house my tomatoes is small, I thought that I’d have a go at ‘double digging’. That is, removing the top soil to the depth of one spade, then turning the soil underneath also to the depth of a spade.
Monty said it was good for veg patches and who am I to argue, but given the effort it takes I just hope my veg grows to twice the size!
I thought it wouldn’t be too bad as I dug to one spade’s depth in May; apparently badly! After removing one spade’s depth of top soil I had a lot of rubble that I should have unearthed in May – and I was only half way there!
Half a Hole
I’d forgotten how much flint there is in my garden, and why I didn’t double dig in the first place. Every flint stone is small enough that it looks insignificant but big enough to stop my spade in its tracks. Unearthing the occasional large chunk is satisfying but sifting through the smaller bits is very time consuming.
I dug until dark this evening but need to get something tomorrow to finish the job – I remember my parents having a soil sieve (if that’s what they’re called) so tomorrow I’ll pay another visit to the garden centre for my next garden utensil.
I also want to say thanks to everyone for their help. I know you’ve answered a lot of my novice questions on Grows on You but today you really helped my garden – the thought of writing this blog entry having given up was enough to keep me digging!
- 22 Sep, 2007
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