Friday, 24 October 2008

Can I dig it? Yes you can!

We are double digging the top plot. I can't begin to tell you how boring this is. Still at least it was very hard work and look a really long time!

We had a massive harvest from the crops on this part of the plot (Tomatos, sweet corn and tomotillos) The ying to this particular yang is that the crops sucked the soil dry. By the end of September the soil was as hard as concrete and did not contain an ounce of organic matter.

Let me walk you through it.

Dig a trench and load the soil in front of you.
Clean out the trench and put that soil on top of the first lot.

Then break up the soil in the bottom of the trench and the add lots of organic matter in on top. Nettles, chopped up crops, old compost and newspaper it all goes in.

Then fill the hole by raking back the soil dug out ealier.

Oooh! Nice and tidy.


It's not as fun as it sounds. I'll confess that a trip to the Tesco fresh veg counter might be easier.

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