Remember our lush green paddock, well it's been undergoing some massive changes over the last few days. We are the talk of the Gardening Club, and yesterday at the gym I was answering lots of questions about what was going on.
It all started last weekend when the 'boy with the big toy' arrived. He wasn't really a boy, he was a really nice friendly chap and his toy wasn't that big really but .... it doesn't matter if it's small it's how you use it that counts!!
And boy oh boy did he know how to handle his little digger thingy.
His first job was to scrape off all the grass in the area we had marked out, then with that neatly piled up to the side he went down a level and piled all the good top soil on top of the grass so that as it sits waiting for the raised vegetable beds to be built it will compost away the grass and roots, and hopefully we will have some more top soil. This is really good soil, after all it has only ever been a paddock for sheep to graze on and they have manured it wonderfully over the years.
When everything had been scraped up that needed to be scraped up he changed the end thingy on his digger (sorry I'm getting so technical here .... haha) and then proceeded to get really good defined levels. The top level will be for the raised beds, the next step down will be the net tunnel, which will be used for delicate and salady crops (to foil the rabbits hopefully) and the lowest stage will be for the polytunnel.
Any objections for the polytunnel have to be in by this Friday ready for the planning meeting next week, so hopefully we will hear very soon if we can go ahead with it.
He had just enough room for his soil mountain next to where we had put the fruit trees the other week. You'd almost think we'd planned it ;-)
After Suky had inspected the work and found it to her satisfaction ....
.. we all trudged to the top of the hill, sat on the edge of the grass and surveyed our new soily kingdom.
Now we're itching to get started. The first raised bed to go in should be done tomorrow, if the weather is on our side ... and it's a very special one.