28 January 2012

Back garden late January 2012

So far the grubber plough hasn't been able to get on to the allotment land because of the near constant rain for the last week or so.
However it's dry today so I took some photos of my back garden looking good in the winter sunshine.

Photostitched - the raised beds don't really curve like this!
Hart's tongue fern colonising well
Rose - all year round flowering
Scorzonera
These snowdrops were planted "in the green" last spring
Hellebores
Spearmint
Flat leaf parsley

In a cold spell last May I made a couple of temporary cloches using netting hoops and very light plastic sheet and grew the best lettuce ever.This year I'll try to go one better with a DIY minipolytunnel something like this


,this , this  or this for starting off plants for the allotment from seed ,and use the rest of the raised beds for salads, permanent veg and flowers.



19 January 2012

A new year and work starts

14th January 2012 was our first work day and we made a good start on clearing the site helped by the fine weather.

Tea break already



Mike (the Village Lengthman) strimmed the weed killed vegetation a few days ago and the some of the old potato ridges can now been seen.
The enthusiastic work has continued into midweek in preparation for a grubber plough to go over the planting area.
These next photos were taken on 18th January before Mike smoothed some lumps and removed the larger bramble roots and plastic edging with a mechanical digger.









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