Like most of the population, I've been avidly watching the weather forecast for months in the hope that we might return to half decent weather sooner rather than later. Today it happened. Not a trace of rain from dawn to dusk. So, it was with good cheer I was able to do on the plot for a few hours.
Some time ago, I planned to make a new raised bed on the last remaining bit of ground that was still looking rather a mess and which certainly hadn't reached it's potential as far as volume of harvest was concerned.
I had made a small inroad into the task a few days ago, but then it rained yet again. Today, I was quite determined to finish the job properly. As can be seen, the site in question had one of my carrot boxes on it before I could go any further. As it happened, I had planned to empty and move the box anyway and use it's contents in the new bed.
As ever, secondhand scaffold boards have been used to produce the new bed with dimensions of 10' x 43". The odd size is because it has been shoehorned between to other beds. The bed has been filled with the contents of the carrot box, 4 of last season's gro-bags, 4 bags of well rotted garden compost and the soil from 2 very small raised beds that were originally on the site. Having mixed all the various contents together, I'll now leave it to settle for a few weeks before topping up with about 3-4" of good topsoil which I'll rotovate in.
The carrot box has been moved to the end of an earlier built raised bed, as has another which I built last year but never used. Together with onions, I plan to grow more carrots than previously as we use so many in the kitchen. Also, I'll now have the space to grow 3 varieties well, rather than very small quantities of 4 or 5 varieties. The 20" high moved box has been half filled with used compost from seed trays, pots etc and will be topped in the early spring with my habitual compost brew which has done me proud over the past few seasons.
The picture above shows the plot as it was at close of play today with the new raised bed in the foreground and the carrot boxes sited on the other beds.
I'm working tomorrow, but hope to get back to the plot on Tuesday, when the forecast again looks promising.
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