Out at 10am, back at 4pm, now thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what I call a great day gardening.Ã‚Â Sore back, filthy fingers and ravenously hungry, but pleased with the work.Ã‚Â I added the compost and the manure to the plots. And know that I need at least four more bags of compost for the soil.Ã‚Â We had a full dayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rain on Sunday and it shows; the soil is more malleable, but sticky.Ã‚Â And when I dug down a deepish hole to put plenty of manure in the place where the beans will go, I struck the dread London clay.Ã‚Â ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s yellow, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s solid and it sticks onto the fork and will not move.Ã‚Â Goodness only knows how IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to manage with the stuff. But plenty of compost may be the answer.Ã‚Â I ran out of compost for the potato beds and the top spot where I will plant the root veg.
I added the mini paths at 3m intervals (and promptly ran out of bark chips) and have to do something about that when I can tolerate a trip to the garden centre.Ã‚Â The rest of the time was spent weeding. We are going to have to extend the potato bed a bit to accommodate Our Favourite Veg; and I turned that.Ã‚Â And then the sight of all the mess at the far end of the plot was too much. I got stuck in. Filled one of the wheelie bins with the worst of the carpet bits, and filled three bags of mess and placed them nearby. I then stupidly started pulling up the rotten carpets (hence sore back) and trying to get them into some sort of order. Bring on that skip; it canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t arrive soon enough.Ã‚Â I did find a rose bush under the mess. Goodness only knows what it is like; and found some useful bits of wire and decent wood.
Next task was to look at the leaning apple tree.Ã‚Â It really is in a sorry state. Rocks like mad and the restraining straps are cutting into the bark.Ã‚Â So off came the straps, and down went some better stakes. I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t done a very professional job Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but at least it leans upright now.Ã‚Â Shall take advice from any passing fruiterer when I am up to it.
Next trip will have to be more weeding.Ã‚Â And adding compost to more of the soil.Ã‚Â It actually looks like a rather nice bed.